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Bernalillo County Partnership Selected for Innovative Effort to Transform Regional Health

ALBUQUERQUE – A partnership of several Bernalillo County institutions has been chosen as one of six national participants in ReThink Health Ventures, a two-year endeavor designed to help multi-sector partnerships accelerate transformation in their regions to generate more inclusive health value — demonstrated by the improved health of populations, better care, lower costs, greater equity, and increased workforce productivity.

Initial core partners include the Bernalillo County Community Health Council, Bernalillo County government, HealthInsight New Mexico, Presbyterian Healthcare Services and the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.

Ventures was launched by ReThink Health, the signature initiative of the Fannie E. Rippel Foundation, to demonstrate that an integrated, dynamic and high-functioning health ecosystem is possible. The Bernalillo County group was selected to join the Ventures cohort because of how far along the region is in thinking about these tough issues and how well-positioned it is to accelerate change.

Other participating regions include Sonoma County, CA; Trenton, NJ; New York State’s Finger Lakes region; Central Oregon; and King County, WA. The project is funded by the Robert Wood Johnson and Fannie E. Rippel Foundations.

The regions participating in Ventures are home to some of the most advanced transformation efforts in the country, but substantive and meaningful change can elude even those most poised for success. The Ventures project intends to engage in a deep and different way with groups positioned to accelerate change at a regional level, to learn together, and to explore key questions to determine what catalyzes action most effectively and what stalls progress. Ventures hopes to upend conventional thinking and to raise the ambitions and reduce the skepticism of communities and leaders, both locally and nationally, so that they aim for a higher standard.