Heritage University Forum Seeks to Build Health Improvement Coalition
Heritage University’s Center for a New Washington (CNW) again focused its efforts on helping to improve healthcare for Yakima Valley residents.
On December 6, they hosted the forum Envisioning a Healthier Yakima: Creating a Regional Health Improvement Collaborative (RHIC). It was intended to start a discussion about creating an RHIC in central Washington.
An RHIC encourages providers, purchasers, payers and consumers in the healthcare sector to work collaboratively with business, criminal justice, education, faith-based, government, philanthropic, social service, tribal and other sectors in order to efficiently and effectively improve healthcare for its targeted community.
Attending the event were regional and state-level representatives, some of whom are already involved in establishing other RHICs around the state, as well as local leaders in the area of healthcare who are interested in improving health outcomes in the Yakima Valley.
“This panel of speakers and the organized dialogue with attendees helped to inform the ongoing conversation and an action plan for creating an RHIC that includes the Yakima Valley,” said Kay Bassett, director of CNW.
“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 healthcare services and systems,” said Jackie McPhee, Children’s Village director, a forum panelist.
The Envisioning a Healthier Yakima forum was part of a series of forums known as Imagine the Future, and is the second forum since 2012 to focus on healthcare in the Yakima Valley.