NRHI Names Director of the Collaborative Health Network

PORTLAND, Maine. – June 26, 2014 – The Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), a leader in transforming U.S. health care, has selected Janhavi Kirtane-Fritz to lead the Collaborative Health Network (CHN), a network designed to engage communities across the U.S. and accelerate healthcare transformation initiatives.“ Janhavi brings rich experience in leading local community initiatives and forging innovative collaboration with stakeholders and organizations across the country. Her leadership will be instrumental in building a vibrant network to amplify and connect healthcare-transformation catalysts into a united and strong force for change,” says Elizabeth Mitchell, President and CEO, NRHI. Kirtane-Fritz was the Director of the Beacon Community Program, a $250 million, three-year program funded by the Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator of Health Information Technology (ONC-HIT), that demonstrated the vital role health information technology plays in supporting the three-part aim of better care and better health at a lower cost in seventeen communities across America. As a Director, Kirtane-Fritz developed partnerships to advance knowledge-sharing among private organizations and other federal agencies including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI), the Agency for Community Living (ACL), the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).“So many groups have come together for innovative projects or grants and have acquired invaluable “how-to experience.” Yet these efforts are often disconnected and sometimes lose momentum once the project concludes. The Collaborative Health Network will serve as the base and hub for healthcare-transformation efforts, and will be instrumental in connecting and sustaining this work and the people behind it,” says Kirtane-Fritz. The creation of this one-stop peer network of information, resources and innovative ideas marks one of the first times that a healthcare network seeks consensus and provides practical, actionable information to assist communities in fostering a national culture of health and an informed path to U.S. healthcare transformation.

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