NRHI President’s Letter to Membership

Dear NRHI Members,

We are nearing the halfway mark of what has been quite a challenging year.

Perhaps the silver lining to years like this is that we are forced to snap out of complacency. COVID-19 was already shining light on health inequity and systemic racism prior to the unrest we have witnessed over the past month. And now more than 20 cities and counties and at least three states have declared racism a public health crisis. The work we do to affect policy change, reform payment and delivery, improve quality and measurement, and engage patient and community has never been more crucial than it is right now.

It is devastating that it took a pandemic and the senseless deaths of many African-Americans for our country to realize the critical need for systems change, but it presents an opportunity for radical transformation that we are already helping to lead in our communities.

I’m in awe of your quick response to the pandemic. In the eight webinars we have held in less than three months, the Collaboratives in Action series, we have been highlighting your  response to COVID-19: from the Greater Detroit Area Health Council (GDAHC) and Wayne State University’s work on the ground in the first days of the pandemic to Stratis Health’s assessment of rural health needs and Mountain-Pacific Quality Health’s rapid adoption of telehealth, just to name a few.

The NRHI team has been busy working with many of you to showcase your work and provide support to our organizations. Thirty-five virtual events have been held so far in 2020. A sampling of NRHI activities to date in 2020 include:

  • The COVID-19 page on NRHI’s website has more than 25 stories showcasing the depth and breadth of all NRHI members work responding to COVID-19 as well as the Collaboratives in Action series content.
  • NRHI and member partner, Qualidigm, successfully completed phase one of a “Key Consideration for Off-Site Testing during COVID-19” rapid assessment and we have just launched phase two. Several NRHI members provide advisory support to this work. I encourage you to read the blog featured by AcademyHealth highlighting the key findings from the initial phase of this research.  
  • The R.E.A.L. Solutions series (Results and Evidence for Action-based Learning) continued to deliver monthly programming showcasing network expertise and facilitating peer to peer learning on key topics of interest to the network.
  • As part of our overall NRHI website redesign, we launched Member Area – a portal page with resources developed only for our members. From there you can access NRHI Member Directory, NRHI Communication Toolkit, our regular programming, and information about the Shared Services NRHI offers to its members.
  • In alignment with the network’s areas of focus, NRHI has prioritized health equity as a strategy and we will be looking for input from the membership on how best to advance efforts.

We have added three new members to date this year and are in discussion with several prospective members and partners. Please take an opportunity to learn about these health improvement organizations and the work they are doing to advance the patient experience of care, improve the health of populations, and reduce spending in the communities they serve.

  • Delaware Health Information Network, Delaware’s Health Information Exchange with an overall mission to serve providers and consumers of care through innovative solutions that make health data useful.
  • The Kansas Foundation for Medical Care expertise is in improving healthcare quality. The organization brings a breadth of knowledge in practice transformation and health information technology.
  • Public Consulting Group Evaluation Team focuses on performing needs assessments, conducting strategic planning, data analysis and management and evaluations for state agencies, health care entities and community-based organizations in health and human services.

Leveraging the power of networks is more vital than ever in this unprecedented moment in time. NRHI’s membership represents more than 70% of the country. Local healthcare improvement collaboratives draw on our national network of expertise – including the best thinking in health equity and COVID-19 –  to help connect and inform and coordinate federal programs and initiatives that support and advance local innovation.

I look forward to the good work we’ll accomplish in the second half of this year. I’m encouraged by the opportunities that lay ahead and am eager to learn from each other.

In good health,

Craig Brammer,
President & CEO

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