Work in Coachella Valley with a wide range of partners has improved health and wellness since 2012; will continue through sustained Foundation efforts
COACHELLA VALLEY, CA – Five years after launching an effort to improve community health in the Coachella Valley, today the Clinton Foundation released a report detailing the impact and improvements made in the community. The Foundation, through the Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI), works across the United States helping unite community members around a blueprint for improving the health and wellness of residents, and then helping to turn that plan into action. The Clinton Foundation has brought this community health transformation model to seven regions in the United States – the Coachella Valley was the first to begin this work, in 2012, and is the first to issue a final report.
“Since 2012, the Clinton Foundation has been committed to improving health and wellness in the Coachella Valley,” said President Clinton. “Together with partners across the region, we have taken specific steps to promote healthy behavior and improve the health care being delivered in the community. Over the past five years, the model we established here has had a real impact in improving people’s health, and we have since brought that model to communities across the United States to take the lessons we’ve learned in the Coachella Valley to scale.”
An independent team of researchers from Wake Forest School of Medicine began an in-depth examination of CHMI’s work in September 2016, including specific work in the Coachella Valley. The report includes findings from their independent evaluation, where they state:
“Across the CHMI sites, the Wake Forest team has observed that the initiative is stimulating new health-improvement work and adding momentum to projects that pre-dated CHMI. In Coachella Valley, CHMI has contributed to the development of a number of notable health-improvement projects, including Get Tested Coachella Valley, Better Together, Senior Collaboratives, Desert Volunteer Connect, and United Way of the Desert’s ‘Nine Weekly Walks and Workplace Challenge.’ These projects took shape, became more strategic, expanded their reach, and/or enhanced their sustainability over the past 5 years.”
The Clinton Foundation’s work in the region has been led by the Foundation’s Director of Community Health Transformation Tricia Gehrlein, based out of the Coachella Valley. For five years, the Foundation’s work included holding the national Health Matters Activation Summit in the Coachella Valley beginning in 2012, timed with the Humana Challenge and subsequently the Career Builder Challenge golf tournament.
The report details several ways that the Clinton Foundation and our partners have made an impact in the Coachella Valley, and how we will continue to be engaged in the years to come:
- Promoting healthier behavior and wellness through a variety of initiatives and events, including ongoing efforts with the University of California, Riverside School of Medicine; the Inland Empire Health Plan; the United Way of the Desert; and the Desert AIDS Project;
- Helping improve health care through specific initiatives to expand the number of health care providers; using health information technology to promote better coordination of care; and expanding the boundaries of the Desert Healthcare District to serve more residents;
- Addressing underlying social and economic factors that affect health – including coordinating agencies that provide care for seniors and people with disabilities; working with local governments to promote wellness through land management (such as building hiking trails into public land plans); and expanding volunteer opportunities for residents and nonprofits through the creation of the Desert Volunteer Connect program in Eastern Riverside County;
- Continuing our work beyond the five year window – including supporting California State University, San Bernardino – Palm Desert Campus through the Clinton Foundation’s College Health Program; working with local partners including the Inland Empire’s Opioid Crisis Coalition to address the opioid epidemic in the region; and sharing best practices with the Coachella Valley from across all the Clinton Foundation’s community health transformation regions.
The report is available in full here:https://www.clintonfoundation.org/sites/default/files/coachella_valley-five-year_report.pdf
About the Community Health Transformation Model
CHMI’s Community Health Transformation model fills a key role in communities with a wide range of organizations who are all making a concerted effort to improve health and wellness. These entities include local governments; hospitals, doctors, and others in the provider community; local nonprofits and support groups; members of the local business community; and many others. Without one cohesive strategy, many of their efforts to promote health and wellness do not complement each other as effectively as possible, and therefore are not as impactful.
CHMI works in communities across the United States, helping unite community members around a blueprint for improving the health and wellness of residents, and then helping to turn that plan into action. This means bringing together a wide range of interested groups and stakeholders in the community, charting out common goals and objectives for improving health, and ensuring coordination and resources to support programs that achieve these goals. This equates to more effective community action, and more impactful progress in improving the health of the community.
We take a careful and deliberate approach to building out the blueprint and identifying ways to improve health outcomes. In each of our communities, we:
- Take an intensive look at the community’s overall health and wellness, including an examination of community and population health indicators to determine areas of greatest need;
- Convene key stakeholders from across sectors to hear more about what organizations and leaders have been doing and what their priorities are;
- Work collaboratively with these stakeholders to chart a local Blueprint for Action, which includes key priority areas and specific recommendations;
- Coordinate across sectors to help implement these solutions identified in the Blueprint for Action;
- Work with national, regional, and local experts and programs to leverage additional resources that will help advance priority actions in the local Blueprint for Action.
We work with regions disproportionately impacted by chronic disease to improve health outcomes and close gaps in health disparities. The Coachella Valley is the first community where we began this work – other current focus communities for our model, called the Community Health Transformation model, include Adams County, Mississippi; Central Arkansas (Little Rock); Northeast Florida (Jacksonville); Greater Houston, Texas; Knox County, Illinois; and San Diego County, California.
About the Clinton Foundation
The Clinton Foundation convenes businesses, governments, NGOs, and individuals to improve global health and wellness, increase opportunity for girls and women, reduce childhood obesity, create economic opportunity and growth, and help communities address the effects of climate change. Because of our work, nearly 35,000 American schools have provided kids with healthy food choices in an effort to eradicate childhood obesity; more than 150,000 farmers in Malawi, Rwanda, and Tanzania are benefiting from climate-smart agronomic training, higher yields, and increased market access; working with partners, more than 8.5 million trees and tree seedlings have been planted to strengthen ecosystems and livelihoods; over 600,000 people have been impacted through market opportunities created by social enterprises and health and wellbeing programs in Latin America, the Caribbean, Asia, and Africa; through the independent Clinton Health Access Initiative, over 11.5 million people in more than 70 countries have access to CHAI-negotiated prices for HIV/AIDS medications; an estimated 85 million people in the U.S. will be reached through strategic health partnerships developed across industry sectors at both the local and national level; and members of the Clinton Global Initiative community have made more than 3,600 Commitments to Action, which have improved the lives of over 435 million people in more than 180 countries.
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