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Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
Overview of the Organization
Population Health Improvement Partners (Improvement Partners) was founded in 2009 in North Carolina with a simple purpose: help public health organizations and communities build their capacity to continuously improve and ensure measurably better health. Improvement Partners has expanded statewide and nationally and grown its reputation as sought after experts in improvement science, who are knowledgeable and easy to work with thought-partners, coaches and expert advisors. The organization seeks to improve health on a massive scale, and enhance the ability of health organizations to address health equity, ultimately changing the world. Improvement Partners is problem solving together for a healthier tomorrow and delivers expertise that is adaptable and gets population health results.
Improvement Partners has evolved into a nonprofit consulting practice with deep improvement science and project management expertise, addressing systems-level change in the public/population health space, and partnering with groups with specific domain expertise in key sub-sectors of public/population health that have the infrastructure to manage work with very large clients and complex multi-stakeholder collaborations. Most Improvement Partners staff function as consultants and coaches.
Improvement Partners currently has nine staff members and has experienced strong national expansion in the last five years, including work that has broadened to include hospitals, health systems, federal government-based projects and a greater share of new work emerging outside of North Carolina. Improvement Partners has the benefit of 501c3 charitable status through its fiscal sponsor agency TSNE MissionWorks. The organization operates as an independently directed nonprofit led by an executive director and advisory board under a mutual agreement with TSNE MissionWorks. For more information about Population Health Improvement Partners, visit https://improvepartners.org/.
Never before in our lifetimes has the United States and the world been as intensively focused on the issues at the heart of Improvement Partners mission - population health and health equity. Improvement Partners, through its support to partners and clients, targets an impact over the next three years on ten million lives and over $500 million in health savings.
Improvement Partners has had phenomenal success generating repeat clients and word of mouth referrals in a rapidly evolving healthcare and public health market context and is actively building the platforms its next leader will need to undertake more active and intentional business development activity.
The new leader will devote significant focus to growing Improvement Partners impact through external relationship building and business development in targeted domains within population health, identified through a recently completed strategic planning process.
The Advisory Board of Population Health Improvement Partners seeks a visionary, systems thinker capable of broadly building and maintaining business partner, funder and stakeholder relationships to grow the organization’s impact, while rapidly building trust in its collaborative internal team environment that is marked by both excellence and accountability.
Projects and Services
Population Health Improvement Partners work is exciting, important and high impact. Recent projects have been engaged with:
- Helping entire communities across North and South Carolina eat healthier and be more physically active;
- Supporting hospitals across the US to ensure more mothers and babies enjoy the countless benefits from breastfeeding;
- Assisting families and clinicians in 10 states improve care for the most medically fragile children so they can survive and thrive;
- Helping clinics across the US develop systems to screen and refer families to get help addressing important social determinants impacting their children’s health;
- Empowering the Maternal and Child Healthcare workforce across the US to tackle the most vexing challenges in their states with the latest quality improvement, systems science and evidence-based tools;
- Providing Sexually Transmitted Infection Prevention Training Centers, and states across the US, with the skill sets needed to apply Quality Improvement and innovation tools to improve screening and treatment;
- Supporting 23 states in their bold actions to reduce infant mortality and disparities statewide.
All the work of Improvement Partners includes purposeful attention to addressing health equity, and social determinants.
Sample Improvement Partners projects include:
- Healthy People Healthy Carolinas (HPHC): Project partners The Duke Endowment, North Carolina Healthcare Association, South Carolina Hospital Association, and Improvement Partners undertook a bold, community-based initiative aimed at reducing unhealthy weight, diabetes, and heart disease by addressing the social determinants of health which contribute to these conditions. This program uses a coalition-building approach to help engage residents to improve their health and create sustainable, grassroots change. Between January 1 and June 30, 2019 HPHC coalitions implemented 61 evidence-based interventions in eleven North Carolina counties, impacting 550,000 individuals.
- Collaborative Improvement & Innovation Network (CoIIN) to Reduce Infant Mortality (IM). To help lower the U.S. infant mortality rate, Improvement Partners has joined the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and Abt Associates to implement and support the project. (IM CoIIN) focuses on six strategic areas that are aimed at reducing infant mortality and eliminating health inequalities in birth outcomes in communities across the United States. The key role of Improvement Partners in the collaborative is to provide technical assistance on quality improvement methods and innovation as well as data collection and measurement via one-on-one coaching and collaborative-wide webinars and resource materials.
Solidago is a nimble and creative philanthropic foundation that supports social justice organizations. “Solidago”, the botanical Latin term for the goldenrod plant, means, “to strengthen and make whole.” Inspired by this widespread and strong-rooted plant, the Foundation seeks non-traditional and creative approaches to deep-rooted social problems that address institutionalized disparities. Since launching its work in 1996, Solidago has promoted justice, equity, sustainability, and enfranchisement for all through its charitable grantmaking. It has joined with progressive funding partners across the country to support work for fundamental, transformational social change.
Solidago is a 501C3 charitable foundation. Its sister organization, the See Forward Fund, is a C4, with similar goals and programs focused on supporting work on independent political power and progressive governance. See Forward is operated by the Solidago staff, as is the Frances Fund, an endowed private family foundation that supports Solidago.
The primary beneficiaries of support are progressive community-based organizations and networks that represent low-income communities of color. Solidago has helped to build capacity and empower community infrastructure and institutions, while also creating economic development strategies and policies that have helped to reverse the growing gap between wealth and power.
As a progressive philanthropic organization, Solidago has offered a range of support, from general operation support to technical assistance, applied research and leadership development. The organization has played a critically scarce funding role, enabling many grassroots organizations to thrive and have greater impact.
The board has long positioned the organization to sunset after 25 years, so it will spend down its endowment by 2023. Through a recent strategic planning process, the Solidago Board of Directors concluded that, at this critical moment in history, the timing is right to maximize its impact. With this in mind, the organization has narrowed its focus over the next three years on supporting work on civic engagement and representative government.
With two experienced program staff and a small administrative support team, Solidago enters its final three years with a sharp focus and clear intentions. Solidago is led by a small board of directors and has a dedicated staff of six. The organization’s annual budget is $3 million.
Now in its 42nd year, the Hispanic Health Council was formed to improve the health of Hartford’s Latino population by addressing issues of health equity and access to care. Compelled by widespread barriers between the Latino community and the healthcare system, a small, highly motivated group of health researchers, healthcare providers and community activists came together to establish an organization that would address these concerns. Thus, the Hispanic Health Council was founded in 1978.
Today, the Hispanic Health Council is a large, multi-faceted Latino-community based organization employing 85 staff members using four core strategies to improve the health and social well-being of Latinos and other diverse communities. In addition to its reputation for excellence in delivery of a wide range of community health, clinical and other services directly to community members, the Hispanic Health Council is distinguished by its use of community-based research, policy and system advocacy and provider training. In addition to its downtown Hartford site, there are offices in Meriden, Hartford, Bridgeport and New Haven. Services are provided at sites throughout Connecticut and in Springfield, Massachusetts.
The organization’s mission, vision and values have shaped every aspect of the Hispanic Health Council since its founding. These include:
- Forging relationships of trust and respect with the community;
- Establishing and maintaining strong partnerships;
- Ensuring a social justice perspective;
- Adhering to a standard of excellence; and
- Providing services to all populations regardless of culture, race, ethnicity, legal status, sexual orientation, or other dimensions of diversity.
To expand its programs and services, the Hispanic Health Council merged with Mi Casa Family Services and Educational Center and Hispanos Unidos of Meriden and New Haven in 2013. By joining with these two community-based organizations, the Hispanic Health Council further developed critical programs targeting youth, focusing on behavioral health, and strengthening its HIV prevention and support services.
Achieving health equity for Latinos and other diverse communities requires intentional policy and advocacy work, which are major commitments of the Hispanic Health Council. To develop a higher level of cross-cultural and diversity awareness and communication skills among local and regional healthcare and human service providers, students and faculty, the Hispanic Health Council offers participatory training modules that develop new skills, knowledge and insight.
With its multi-strategy approach, evidence-based service programs, robust partnerships, strong community network and highly skilled, dedicated staff, the Hispanic Health Council is poised to take advantage of the opportunities that lie ahead.
Among the most compelling of these opportunities are:
- To strengthen organizational infrastructure that supports current and new programs;
- To develop and diversify the revenue stream to draw upon new sources of income;
- To increase the organization’s visibility and national profile; and
- To create a plan to expand and replicate programs across a broader geographic area.
The Hispanic Health Council is a powerful and effective agency with a diverse and dedicated staff. With its many productive affiliations throughout Connecticut and beyond, there is significant potential for additional collaborations, both with current and new partners.
Programs and Services
The wide range of programs and services offered by the Hispanic Health Council in prevention/health promotion and chronic disease management currently serve diverse populations across the life span.
Current programs and services include:
- Nutrition education
- Behavioral health services
- Breastfeeding education and support
- Parenting support
- Prenatal case management
- Youth development and academic enrichment
- HIV/AIDS management and risk reduction
- Cancer early detection and longevity support
- Violence prevention
- Community-based participatory research
- Policy and system advocacy
- Provider training
- Immunizations outreach program