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Apr 20, 2015

First Choice One of Partners in Bernalillo County Community Health Council to Participate in SCALE Initiative


Made possible by a $4.8 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and led by IHI, Community Solutions, Communities Joined in Action, and the Collaborative Health Network, SCALE will help communities further their capability to improve the health of targeted populations and develop ways to share and spread community-driven approaches across the country.

SCALE is designed to jumpstart an unprecedented community-to-community learning system right out of the gate in that the initiative matches four “mentor communities” – those with a recent track record of achieving better health – with 20 “pacesetter communities” that are seeking to accelerate their pace of change. The privilege of being named a pacesetter community has been awarded to BCCHC, along with five partners: Presbyterian Healthcare Services; the NM Department of Health/Health Promotion; Albuquerque Public Schools/Student, Family & Community Supports Division; First Choice Community Healthcare; and UNM Health Sciences Center/Pathways to a Healthy Bernalillo County. The grant funds will be used to enhance the work of BCCHC in ongoing community-based initiatives that address systems and environmental changes needed to improve community health. BCCHC is currently involved in varying levels of leadership in initiatives ranging from reduction of chronic disease through increasing access to healthy food, physical activity and clinical/community linkages to reducing opioid overdose deaths through increased prevention, treatment, access to naloxone and improvements to the law enforcement/ criminal justice system. These and other collective impact initiatives in which BCCHC is involved will all benefit from the support, training and mentorship provided through this award.

“After reviewing hundreds of impressive applications, we are pleased to welcome these 24 communities to the SCALE initiative and to bring them together to deepen their ability to create effective improvement and to generously share what’s currently working in various locales,” stated Soma Stout, MD, MS, Principal Innovator in SCALE, and Executive External Lead, Health Improvement, IHI.

"We are thrilled about the opportunity to work with our local team and the national partners - Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Community Solutions, and Communities Joined in Action - in learning best practices from around the nation that can help us to achieve improved health and health equity in our community," said Leigh Caswell, Manager of Community Health at Presbyterian Healthcare Services and BCCHC Chair.
SCALE communities will seek to obtain improved health outcomes, spread effective best practices as quickly as possible in order to realize improvements in health, and become beacons and resources for any community, anywhere, striving to obtain the best health possible – especially those communities most vulnerable to poor health due to poverty, violence, or lack of social supports. The initiative will tap into the expertise of Abraham H. Wandersman, PhD, from the University of South Carolina, who will lead a team of experts in formative evaluation across institutions.

SCALE marks the first community-based program of the recently announced global initiative, 100 Million Healthier Lives, led by IHI and 140 founding partners. Through unprecedented collaboration, this initiative aims to achieve an audacious goal: 100 million people living healthier lives by 2020. To date, nearly 500 patients, community members, leaders, organizations, and implementers across the domains of public health, community health, health care, policy, academia, business, and financing have joined the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative, with additional members welcome to join here.