Improving health is no small task. Given the complexities and interdependence of the landscape, simple cause and effect relationships can be either misleading or difficult to isolate.
From the point in 1995 when St. Luke’s Health System sold its medical facilities and created the public foundation known today as Vitalyst Health Foundation, the organization has pursued how to most appropriately invest and leverage the extent of its available resources and assets in concert with those of the community and partners.
Today, our work coalesces into four overarching priorities:
INCREASE ACCESS TO CARE AND INSURANCE COVERAGE
Because people with health coverage achieve better well-being and health than those who do not, Arizonans deserve access to reasonably affordable and available high-quality health care.
|Leverage opportunities presented by the Affordable Care Act|
|Workforce||Support statewide analysis to determine current situation and projected demand|
|Fund research on how to leverage upcoming policy discussions to change payment practices and improve the value and quality of care for high-risk individuals.|
WORK WITH MUNICIPAL LEADERS TO PROMOTE HEALTHY COMMUNITY POLICIES AND PRACTICES
Because health is created where we live, work, learn, and play.
|Support and create collaborations that promote health in policy and practice.|
|Promote integration of health into long-range planning efforts.|
|Enhance efforts to create and sustain healthy food environments.|
|Transportation||Support planning and policy development that takes into account the impact transportation has on health and communities.|
|Monitor/support Maricopa County's efforts to develop one countywide assessment for hospitals to comply with new federal requirements.|
IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVENESS OF COMMUNITY-BASED ORGANIZATIONS
Because dynamic and healthy communities are based on civic participation that develops and propels policy and systems change.
|Develop their capacity to be well-run and effectively achieve their mission.|
|Enhance Vitalyst Health Foundation's capacity to support and develop capacity for sponsored projects.|
|Provide capacity building and facilitation to groups focused on specific determinants of health at the systems and policy level.|
|Support efforts to help non-profits and health care organizations understand their role in advocating among elected officials for the integration of health in policy and practice.|
PROMOTE INNOVATION AND COLLABORATIONS AMONG COMMUNITY ORGANIZATIONS TO ACHIEVE IMPROVED HEALTHCARE AND/OR UNDERSTANDING OF HEALTH
Because policies and systems are transformed for the better by aligning insightful partners and taking significant risks.
|MIH-CP||Mobile Integrated Healthcare-Community Paramedicine is using EMS providers as a readily available trained resource to provide the appropriate level of care at the right time.|
|Catalyze collaborative innovations that impact health and resiliency through transformational systems and policy change.|
|Collaborations||Facilitate community health and health care sector partnerships to strengthen efforts across Maricopa County.|
|Support opportunities to partner and bring in additional dollars in support of current and planned initiatives.|