Dr. Mays will be speaking from 11:30 to 12:30 on a panel with Dr. Catherine Baase, Global Director of Health Services at The Dow Chemical Company. The panel will be moderated by Ms. Susan Dentzer, President and CEO of The Network for Excellence in Health Innovation.
GE announced today the nine winners of the HealthyCities Leadership Academy Open Innovation Challenge. Each of the winning communities will receive an initial award of $25,000 in prize money to help develop population health improvements through partnerships with public and private entities, and will be eligible for a final prize award of $250,000 after a year of collaborative learning and support.
A part of GE’s healthymagination commitment, the HealthyCities Leadership Academy is a new program to mentor and support leaders in their communities as they develop and support new strategies to tackle population health challenges. The goal of the initiative is for community and business leaders to work together to help the cities, towns and communities where they live and work to address significant health challenges.
“GE is committed to enabling better health for more people through supporting the development and deployment of innovative population health strategies,” said Sue Siegel, CEO, GE Ventures and healthymagination. “Improving the health of a community is a complex effort that requires collaboration from many stakeholders. Each of the nine winning proposals brings in local businesses to help governments, foundations and private organizations more effectively develop and implement community health initiatives that truly make a lasting impact.”
Winning communities were determined after a thorough evaluation of all eligible entries based on their ability to demonstrate a clear potential to improve the health of all socioeconomic strata of the targeted community. Selections were determined by a panel of distinguished judges who have expertise in the fields of population health, public health, and healthcare. Don Berwick, a judge, Senior Fellow at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement and former Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said, “GE is testing an approach to unleash the power of the private sector to transform the health and wellbeing of communities. I believe this has the potential to create new social and economic value for communities, their people and their businesses. I look forward to continued partnership with GE and these participants as this program unfolds.”
The HealthyCities Leadership Academy Open Innovation Challenge Winners and their areas of research and innovation are:
- Atlanta, Georgia – Health Promotion and Prevention of Nutrition-Related Disease
- Burlington, Vermont – Substance Abuse Recovery and Employment
- Camden, New Jersey – Reducing Childhood Obesity
- Charlotte, North Carolina – Development of Resources on Tobacco, Nutrition and Exercise
- Goodyear, Arizona – Land Use Planning
- Lebanon, New Hampshire – Innovations in Advance Care Planning with Employers
- Pasadena, Texas – Food Security
- Miami, Florida – Diabetes Assessment and Treatment
- Toledo, Ohio – Improving the Built Environment
As part of the program, the nine winning communities will participate in a year-long learning collaborative that will formally kick off with a two-day, in-person workshop at GE’s Global Leadership Institute in Crotonville, New York, on October 11-12, 2016. Activities that follow include in-person and virtual training sessions by experts in the field of health and the broader determinants of population health, site visits by many of these experts and GE to provide peer support and mentorship around the winning community program being implemented, and other opportunities to create connections, partnerships and innovations that incubate and scale their ideas. At the conclusion of the program in 2017, the most successful communities will compete for additional funds from a total pool of $250,000.