In the face of increasing health care costs and uncertainty about health care quality in the United States, community-based collective impact initiatives driven by regional funders offers a new way to improve patient outcomes at the local level. Collectively, community-based foundations can spark a national movement to achieve better health outcomes at lower cost through cross-sectoral collaboration.
- Cost and quality are not correlated in the U.S. health care system: increased health care spending and costs does not translate to improved patient outcomes.
- The interactions of local medical stakeholders, government, and employers, in each community are fundamentally responsible for the success or failure of the local health care system.
- Through collective impact efforts and proactive data collection at the local level, community foundations can rally local leaders around a particular medical issue and develop a unified strategy for improving patient outcomes while significantly reducing costs.