ReThinkers' Blog

Catalyzing changemakers to reimagine and transform health
June 16th, 2017

Human Services Help Communities Make the Most of Safety Net Programs

Community transformation can only occur when the federal and state policies on which communities can build are aligned. Human services organizations typically execute these federal and state policies at the community level, and can be engaged as essential partners in transforming community systems of health.

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June 14th, 2017

Developing Mature Partnerships to Meet the Challenges of Our Time

Multi-sector partnerships in the early stages face qualitatively different challenges than those that have already matured. Those of us who want them to succeed must design our engagements with a clear sense of where they are in their development. If we approach them with a fixed set of tools and techniques, we will fail them both.

June 9th, 2017

Let's Help Health Professionals Build Their Civic Muscle

Imagine if health professionals were engaged to create a culture of health, by being intentional in how they use their time and resources on an everyday basis, in the interest of community health.

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.

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.

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 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.

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.