I am approaching my second year with HealthInsight as the director of the Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), a project aimed at reducing preventable hospital-acquired conditions and hospital readmissions. The HealthInsight HIIN is a multistate team with staff members in New Mexico, Utah, Oregon, Nevada and California. As I reflect on our team’s journey, I recall many instances where teamwork was absolutely a key success...Read more
August is National Immunization Month, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is highlighting the need for vaccinations at all ages. For many states, the public health focus has been primarily on vaccinations for children and teens, but adults need vaccinations too.
I was a founding member of the New Mexico Immunization Coalition and the tag line has been “Immunize Our Kids” for nearly...Read more
My husband, Andy, has long been the bright, shining light of leadership and social activism in our community. From being the first Hispanic student body high school president in Salt Lake City, proudly serving in the U.S. Army intelligence Services in the Vietnam Era, closing the State Industrial School that had an infamous reputation of over-incarceration of Hispanic youth to naming the light rail Wasatch...Read more
Six months ago, three companies announced their intention to form a nonprofit organization with a seemingly modest goal: “figuring out ways to address health care for our employees, with the aim of improving employee satisfaction and reducing costs.” Earlier this month they hired a prominent physician to head the as-yet unnamed health care improvement enterprise.
Who are those three companies? Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan Chase and Amazon...Read more