We envision an America in which all the sectors that affect health are led, designed, and financed in ways that foster healthy people and thriving communities.
Multi-sector partnerships play an increasingly significant role in the movement to improve heath, equity, and economic prosperity. The Pulse Check is the only survey of its kind to ask national leaders how partnerships have developed over time and how their work has been financed.
Ventures is working with six communities to show that an integrated, dynamic, and high-functioning health ecosystem is possible.
ReThink Health worked with the Minnesota Department of Health to explore the connections between incarceration and health.
We work with visionary leaders to transform health at the regional level – their neighborhoods, cities, counties, or states. We promote broad and systemic thinking that allows leaders to step outside their own frames of reference so they can better see how the various parts of the system interact in unexpected ways and determine how and where they can exert influence. Our hope is that by demonstrating regional success, we inspire transformation across the country.
Long-term, sustainable financing is a major challenge for the majority of multisector partnerships. Many depend overwhelmingly on short-term sources of funding—namely, grants. It’s time to explore new financing frontiers.
An exercise that provides a picture of regional policies and initiatives addressing both “urgent needs” and “vital conditions” – allowing leaders to explore how these could shift to deliver better results.
Transforming the system that produces health and well-being is no small task. To do it well, regional stewards will need to facilitate cross-sector collaboration and alignment to create conditions for lasting change.
Our Model helps leaders and teams test their own “what if….?” scenarios and develop priorities and strategies for significant system change.
Practical ideas and tools for leaders exploring the edges of health system transformation.
The Rippel Foundation launched our ReThink Health initiative’s Ventures project over three years ago to better understand: What does it take to do business differently, together?
In this brief interview published on The ReThinker’s Blog, New Ulm stewards share some highlights from their portfolio—including an intervention that turned healthy food offerings into a sound business decision for local restaurants, and a change to how roads were designed and built that encouraged walking and biking while making school-aged children safer. They also detail the challenging, but rewarding, work it took to cultivate true resident leadership and ownership of the process.
Today on the ReThinkers’ Blog, Nina Burke and Ruth Wageman ask and answer the question: how can regional stewards anticipate and better manage leadership transitions?
All too often, even those who are carrying out integrative activities for a regional transformation effort dismiss the work as not fundable and, as a result, don’t pursue compensation. It’s time leaders like you start to confront some of the myths around financing your own work. In our latest blog post, ReThink Health’s Katherine Wright and Lindsey Alexander discuss and debunk five financing myths to help leaders like you pursue new funding strategies for your integrative activities.
For some time, ReThink Health (like many other initiatives) has been advancing the idea that a single backbone organization, or integrator, oversees the collaborative work needed to advance transformative change across a region. The effort to manage region-wide collaboration can include activities such as establishing a shared vision, coordinating and facilitating meetings, and communicating across partners. It turns out, however, that in most regions, many organizations and their leaders—not just one--conduct the activities required for successful region-wide collaboration.
In regions where people and organizations from many different sectors have come together to transform their health ecosystems, those that have made the most progress are finding that distributed leadership is essential to their success. Today, on the ReThinker’s Blog, Ruth Wageman and Nina Burke walk us through the benefits and drawbacks of different types of leadership models and explain why distributed leadership is the best option for transforming regional health ecosystems.
This is the first in a five part series expressing some of what we’ve learned through our ReThink Health Ventures…
Sustainable financing can be a scary topic for people deeply engaged transforming their regional health systems. It has been difficult enough, over the years, to find short-term grant funding, let alone reliable, long-term financial support for population health projects whose positive outcomes often are not immediately apparent. But what if we told you that your multisector partnership or organization doesn’t have to depend only on short-term grant funding—that sustainable funding is possible?
In this sixth post in our seven-part blog series, we consider some of the common pitfalls leaders such as yourself…
So far in our blog series on transformation strategy we’ve been discussing why it’s important to develop a theory of system change and portfolio of interventions if you want to succeed in transforming regional health and well-being. In this latest post, we welcome guest bloggers Stacey Chang and Beto Lopez, who apply design thinking to health care challenges at the Design Institute for Health in Austin, Texas.
As this series comes to a close, Rebecca Niles offers a recap of each post and introduces ReThink Health's Regional Transformation Strategy Assessment Tool, a new tool that helps leaders assess the quality of a current transformation strategy, or one in development.
Over the past few weeks, the ReThink Health team has been blogging about the critical role sound strategy plays in…
For regions that seek to transform the well-being of their populations, the task can seem overwhelming. Regional leaders must be attentive to what they are trying to achieve and think through what activities and investments will get them there. But what does that require, exactly?
In this post, ReThink Health’s Bobby Milstein offers up a story about an endeavor currently underway in King County, Washington, where a group of organizational leaders and residents has come together around shared values and a comprehensive strategy to steer its health system in a new direction.
If diverse leaders in your region share ambitious, transformative goals but are struggling to bring those aspirations to life, then a productive next step might be to develop a comprehensive regional strategy. Today on The ReThinkers’ Blog we are kicking off a seven-part blog series with an exploration into the key components of designing and enacting a comprehensive regional strategy.