||December 6, 2013
||David Mance, Media Relations Coordinator, 509-865-0731 or email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Heritage University forum seeks to build health improvement coalition
Toppenish, WA — Heritage University's Center for a New Washington (CNW) is again focusing its efforts on better health care for Yakima Valley residents.
On December 6, The CNW will host a forum titled “Envisioning a Healthier Yakima: Creating a Regional Health Improvement Collaborative (RHIC).” The forum is intended to start a discussion about creating a RHIC in central Washington.
An RHIC encourages the health care sector—providers, purchasers, payers, and consumers--to work collaboratively with business, criminal justice, education, faith-based, government, philanthropy, social service, tribal, and other sectors to efficiently and effectively improve health care for its targeted community.
The CNW invited regional and state-level representatives, some of whom are already involved in establishing other RHICs around the state. Local leaders in the area of health care who are interested in improving health outcomes in the Yakima Valley will also be in attendance.
“This panel of speakers and organized dialogue with attendees will inform the ongoing conversation and an action plan for creating a RHIC that includes the Yakima Valley,” says CNW director Kay Bassett.
“Our community is highly collaborative; the integrated services at Children’s Village are proof of that. Partnering with payers and government agencies will allow us to improve both health care services and systems,” says Jackie McPhee, Children’s Village Director, a forum panelist.
The “Envisioning a Healthier Yakima” forum takes place December 6 at Heritage University’s Community Training and Business Center from 11:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. It is part of a series of forums known as “Imagine the Future,” and is the second forum since 2012 to focus on health care in the Valley.
For more information contact Joy Howard at (509) 865-0727 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Forum attendees and event organizers will be available for interviews following the conclusion of the meeting at 1:30 p.m. Pictures and video of the forum taken before the end will be allowed only from the hallway outside the meeting room.