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Presbyterian and Partners Receive Additional Support from the Institute for Healthcare Improvement to Improve Community Health

Release Date:

January 30, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Presbyterian Healthcare Services and the Healthy Here initiative were recently awarded additional funding through phase 2 of the Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation (SCALE) grant.

Since 2015, SCALE has helped to reduce chronic disease, increase physical activity and improve access to healthier foods in New Mexico. For example, through SCALE, the International District community came together to create a solar power project to make walking safer for residents.

SCALE focuses on community-to-community learning by matching similar communities across the country seeking to accelerate change. Through peer learning and IHI's quality improvement workshops, these communities develop best practices to improve community health.  

"Through SCALE we have learned best practices from other communities that are helping us strengthen local health leadership, form strong collaborations with cross-sector partners and test innovative ideas" said Leigh Caswell, Director, The Presbyterian Center for Community Health. "In the second phase of the grant, we will share what we have learned, highlight successful innovations and provide tools to health councils that serve communities outside the metro area."

SCALE is made possible by a $4.8 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and led by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. SCALE is the first community-based program of the 100 Million Healthier Lives global initiative led by IHI and 140 founding partners. This initiative aims to help 100 million people live healthier lives by 2020.

Presbyterian and partners – the Bernalillo County Community Health Council (BCCHC), the New Mexico Department of Health/Health Promotion; International District Healthy Communities Coalition; First Choice Community Healthcare; and more than 10 other organizations that make up Healthy Here—were chosen in April 2015 to serve as one of 20 "Communities of Solutions" across the country. 

"SCALE has helped us learn about community health interventions that are working across the country," said Terrie Rodriguez, Executive Director, New Mexico Alliance of Health Councils. "The information is already being put to use in our networks. We look forward to taking what we have learned to additional New Mexico communities so that we can continue our focus on reducing chronic disease, increasing physical activity and improving overall health."

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About Presbyterian Healthcare Services

Presbyterian Healthcare Services exists to improve the health of patients, members and the communities we serve. Presbyterian is a locally owned, not-for-profit healthcare system of eight hospitals, a statewide health plan and a growing multi-specialty medical group. Founded in New Mexico in 1908, it is the state's largest private employer with approximately 11,000 employees.

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