Jackson Selected as Pacesetter Community for National Initiative

The Health Improvement Organization (HIO) founded by Henry Ford Allegiance Health is Recipient of Grant from Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Henry Ford Allegiance Health announced today that the Health Improvement Organization, in partnership with the Jackson County Health Department, the Cradle to Career Education Network and the developing Financial Stability Network, has been selected as one of 20 “pacesetter communities” nationally to receive funding from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s SCALE (Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation) initiative. Funding for this initiative was made possible by a $4.8 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Amy Schultz, MD, director of Prevention and Community Health at Henry Ford Allegiance and medical director at the Jackson County Health Department said, “The long-term collaboration among community organizations that share a vision of making Jackson a healthy community has been recognized nationally. The work to date has been very impactful. We are honored to receive this grant, and excited about the ways in which it will accelerate our work.”

SCALE marks the first community-based program of the recently announced global initiative, 100 Million Healthier Lives, led by IHI and 140 founding partners. Through unprecedented collaboration, this initiative aims to achieve a goal of 100 million people living healthier lives by 2020. To date, nearly 500 patients, community members, leaders, organizations, and implementers across the domains of public health, community health, health care, policy, academia, business, and financing have joined the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative.

“Henry Ford Allegiance and the HIO continue to be recognized nationally for galvanizing community organizations around the goal of improving community health.” said Georgia Fojtasek, Henry Ford Allegiance CEO. “Work that will be completed as a result of this grant will make a meaningful difference in the lives of Jackson residents.”

Jackson is the only Michigan pacesetter community among the 20 chosen. These communities, all seeking to accelerate their rate of health improvement, will partner with four “mentor communities” that have a recent track record of improving community health.

Monica Moser, President and CEO of the Jackson Community Foundation, which supports the Cradle to Career Education Network, commented, “Jackson is fortunate to have such forward-thinking leaders. We are very pleased that this funding will allow us to develop our learning systems more quickly for the benefit of our community’s health, education and financial stability.”

About Henry Ford Allegiance Health

Henry Ford Allegiance Health is a 475-bed health system in Jackson, Michigan, providing traditional acute care services with mission-based services to support the care continuum for all members of the community. Henry Ford Allegiance is a recipient of the American Hospital Association’s Foster G. McGaw Award for excellence in community service to underserved populations.

About the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

For more than 40 years the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has worked to improve health and health care. We are striving to build a national Culture of Health that will enable all to live longer, healthier lives now and for generations to come. For more information, visit www.rwjf.org. Follow the Foundation on Twitter at www.rwjf.org/twitter or on Facebook at www.rwjf.org/facebook.

About The Institute for Healthcare Improvement

IHI is a leading innovator in health and health care improvement worldwide. For more than 25 years, we have partnered with visionaries, leaders, and front-line practitioners around the globe to spark bold, inventive ways to improve the health of individuals and populations. Recognized as an innovator, convener, trustworthy partner, and driver of results, we are the first place to turn for expertise, help, and encouragement for anyone, anywhere who wants to change health and health care profoundly for the better. To advance our mission, IHI’s work is focused in five key areas: Improvement Capability; Person- and Family-Centered Care; Patient Safety; Quality, Cost, and Value; and Triple Aim for Populations. Learn more at ihi.org.

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