Frequently Asked Questions about the Dynamics Model

What is the ReThink Health Dynamics Model? The ReThink Health Dynamics Model is an empirically based, computer simulation that provides a realistic representation of a regional health system. The model is a tool that can help regional leaders determine what interventions could do the most to save lives, save money, improve quality, increase social equity, […]

Type: Publications

Topic: Dynamic Modeling

Amy Shultz: Long Term Solutions Interrupt a Vicious Cycle

In this video, Amy Shultz of Henry Ford Allegiance Health in Jackson, Michigan talks about conversations that happened between employers and the health system in her community around rate increases.

Why Not the Best? Results from the National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance, 2011

In this National Scorecard on U.S. Health System Performance, the U.S. health care system achieved a score of 64 out of 100. Despite pockets of improvement, the United States as a whole failed to improve when compared with the top 10 percent of U.S. states, regions, health plans, or health care providers, or the top-performing […]

Type: Publications

Topic: Enabling Policies, Measures

Why Has ACO Growth Slowed?

Based on his ongoing study of ACOs, David Muhlestein et al. present three reasons contributing to the slow growth of ACO’s and a cautionary note on the trend moving forward. View the Resource Muhlestein D. Why Has ACO Growth Slowed? Health Affairs Blog 2013 Oct 31.  Available at

Topic: Financing & Investment, Stewardship

Why Countries Invest Differently In Environmental Issues

This study explores a novel theory about the differences between measuring global climate change and talking about investments in clean water, forests and biodiversit. View the Resource Greene, D. & Vedantam, S. (2013). Why Countries Invest Differently In Environmental Issues. Audio. Available from

Type: Publications

Topic: Enabling Policies, Non-health Sectors, Strategy

Where can $700 Billion in Waste be Cut Annually from the U.S. Healthcare System?

This paper tackles the tangled issue of healthcare waste and arrives at some interesting, and perhaps even surprising, conclusions: America’s healthcare system is, indeed, hemorrhaging billions of dollars, and the opportunities to slow the fiscal bleeding are substantial. View the Resource Kelley R. Where can $700 Billion in Waste be cut Annually from the U.S. […]

Type: Publications

Topic: Financing & Investment, Strategy

When Good Is Not Good Enough

  Leaders of two of the most successful nonprofit organizations argue that the sector needs to shift its attention from modest goals that provide short-term relief to bold goals that, while harder to achieve, provide long-term solutions by tackling the root of social problems. View the Resource Shore B, Hammond D, Celep A.  When Good […]

Type: Publications

Topic: Stewardship, Strategy

What Does a Population Health Integrator Do?

In this article, Chang identifies the purpose, role, and characteristics of an integrator in bridging various sectors to achieve improvements in health and well-being for an entire population in a specific geographic area. View the Resource. Chang DI.  What Does a Population Health Integrator Do?  Improving Population Health Blog.  May 29, 2012.  Available from:

Type: Blog Posts

Topic: Strategy

Tracking the Growth of Accountable Care

As of September 2013, there were more than 370 accountable care organizations (ACOs) in the U.S., with approximately 150 more being developed. View the Resource  Wyman O. Tracking the growth of accountable care.  2013; Available from:

Topic: Financing & Investment, Measures, Stewardship

Tracking Costs and Savings through Justice Reinvestment

This brief focuses on the specific justice reinvestment task of tracking costs and anticipated savings to target reinvestment. It provides guidance on how to: conduct a comprehensive assessment of local justice spending; assess cost implications for agencies outside of the criminal justice system; and target reinvestment efforts. Additional resources and a “getting started” worksheet are […]

Type: Publications, Working Papers

Topic: Financing & Investment, Measures, Non-health Sectors