Mid-America Coalition on Health Care—Working with Public Health
The Mid-America Coalition on Health Care (MACHC) has a long relationship with public health, as participants, advisers, and as MACHC members. The Director of the Kansas Health Policy Authority, the Health Director for Kansas City, MO (and former president of NACCHO), and the CEO of the region’s safety net hospital have positions on the Board of Directors. Public health concepts and resources underlie virtually all MACHC projects.
Memphis Business Group on Health 2008—Working with Public Health
Memphis-based employers decided to work together to achieve cost containment, monitor quality and influence the development of a competitive health care market in Memphis by establishing the Memphis Business Group on Health in 1985. The mission of the Memphis Business Group on Health is to facilitate the purchase of efficient and effective health care services for the Memphis community. MBGH participated in other community based initiatives that helped lead to the development of the Healthy Memphis Common Table. MBGH has now moved its major project support for health improvement to the Healthy Memphis Common Table. MBGH determined that the most effective way to address health and health care improvements is through collective action with other stakeholders. MBGH continues to provide a forum for the business sector while also working with community stakeholders.
New York Business Group on Health—Working with Public Health
The New York Business Group on Health has a long history of education and collaboration including a major initiative with the Mayor’s Office in the development and ongoing management and administration of health insurance products for small business. The most recent NYBGH collaboration with the public sector is with the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to promote screening for depression by primary care practitioners. The Collaboration additionally includes the City, NY County Medical Society, NAMI-NYC, and all health plans in the area. The goal of the project is to increase the number of persons appropriately diagnosed and treated for depression.
Virginia Business Coalition on Health Working with Public Health
Virginia Business Coalition on Health (VBCH) has worked with community health initiatives involving the public health sector with a broad range of initiatives and with other stakeholders engaged in the programs. VBCH collaboration has included activities from dissemination of public health information to the business community, to running a program that provides training for professionals in prevention and early intervention of children's health, to being a partner through a sub grant with the Department of Health on a project focusing on the prevention of stroke and cardiovascular disease, and serving for two terms on a State Planning Grant (SPG) commission for "Covering the Working Uninsured". This work and leadership by VBCH support its mission to represent the business sector in solutions to improve health care access and quality and reduce cost.