ReThinkers' Blog

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May 19th, 2017

The Universal Difficulty (but not Impossibility) of Sharing Data

Data sharing is enormously beneficial to multi-sector partnerships, enabling more integrated, streamlined processes. But, it presents many complexities that partnerships need to overcome in order to reap the benefits.

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May 3rd, 2017

Moving Beyond the ‘Where Do I Get My Next Grant?’ Mindset: What We Learned About Sustainable Financing from the Pulse Check

Even before we saw the results from our biennial Pulse Check report, we knew that long-term, sustainable financing was one of the greatest challenges facing multi-sector partnerships. But the survey results confirmed it: financial planning is an enormous challenge for nearly all the respondents.

April 26th, 2017

Overcoming the Most Common Pitfalls Along the Pathway to Transformation

ReThink Health’s Ruth Wageman provides some context about what emerged from the recent Pulse Check report as the two most prevalent obstacles partnerships face in transforming health: inadequate infrastructure and difficulties measuring progress.

April 19th, 2017

Understanding Multi-Sector Partnerships for Health: The Basics

What do we know about multi-sector partnerships? As it turns out, quite a lot.

April 14th, 2017

What will Spark Businesses to Address Socio-Economic Levers for Community Health?

Businesses fund over 40% of the national health expenditure. But how can we get them to funnel health-related investments into community health, where they could have a much greater impact?

April 10th, 2017

Pumps, Pipes, and Population Health: Bold Philanthropy for Systems Change

In her third and final post on “bold philanthropy,” President & CEO Laura Landy describes how the Rippel Foundation is investing in tools to help leaders take on the challenging work of system integration and redesign.

March 27th, 2017

In Philanthropy, Let’s Bring Back the Boldness that Saved My Life

Laura Landy credits bold philanthropy with helping to save her life recently and asks--in this first of three blog posts--how we can again spark the kind of courageous leadership needed to transform the health system.

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April 7th, 2017

Mini Municipal Bonds: Putting the Public Back into Public Financing

Have you heard of mini-bonds? ReThink Health's sustainable financing team is keeping an eye on them because they hold potential for communities interested in restructuring their public financing approaches.

April 3rd, 2017

In Philanthropy, We Must be Willing to Invest in Addressing the Complexities

In part two of Laura Landy’s three-part series on "bold philanthropy," she asserts that investment in system integration and redesign will be important if our aim is to solve multiple problems at the core of our health challenge.

March 31st, 2017

Big Tent, Big Insights: Exploring the Conditions Needed for Financing Success

In today's "Finance Friday" blog post, the ReThink Health sustainable financing team shares a financing exercise that members of multi-sector partnerships can work through together to feel more empowered about sustainable financing.

March 24th, 2017

An ROI Worth More Consideration: Population Health as a Path to Economic Development

It’s important to understand the impacts on health when we’re making policy decisions about jobs, transit, crime, social services, housing, etc. But the converse goes for health policies as well. Investments in evidence-based health interventions can be expected to yield enormous community and economic benefits--and we ought to be paying more attention to that.

March 22nd, 2017

How Funders, Policymakers, and Other Allies Can Bolster Multi-Sector Partnerships

The overall success of a partnership depends in large part on the context and environment surrounding it. Many other organizations—including philanthropy, nonprofit organizations, federal and state government, business, and other allies—form what we call in the report a “wider ecology of support” around multi-sector groups. The support that these organizations provide could be even more impactful if designed around where partnerships are in their development. What could they do?