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Innovations to Advance Health Equity

Even though the US spends more on healthcare than any other country, the quality of healthcare outcomes does not reflect this investment.  In fact, the US ranks last among 11 nations studied by the Common Wealth Fund.  A large part of our poor performance is found in healthcare disparities for the poor and for diverse patient populations. The need for strong healthcare teams, engaged patients and communities and new ways of funding upstream  interventions that promote health is unprecedented. Impact4Health is a multidisciplinary team of community psychologists, public health researchers, physicians and health educators who promote health matters in every community.  We do this work  in partnership with hospitals, public health departments, and healthcare insurance providers by coordinating the development of health related Pay For Success initiatives, facilitating community engagement and designing healthcare team training and development.

population health

population health

professional development

professional development

With the growing interest in integrated and coordinated health services--often called “whole person care”--the demands on health leaders and intact medical teams has grown exponentially.  Inclusive leadership skills, cross-cultural effectiveness, collaboration and communication skills are fundamental to achieving the quality health outcomes. Learn more...

 

 

 

Fee for service is out. Value based care is in.  Value in healthcare is defined by the Triple Aim mandate: getting the right care at the right time in the right place. This transformation in health care systems today is forcing providers to focus on managing population health.  Much of the attention in these initiatives is on improving financial accountability for the cost of care and achieving quality outcomes.  As hospitals continue to see more diverse patients gain access to care, the success at reducing costs and improving quality of care must take into account unique patient  needs expectations and that influence coordination of care, patient satisfaction, and compliance. Learn more...

pay for success

pay for success

community engagement

community engagement

Hospitals and health systems are increasingly reaching out to local communities in order to engage in making sure vulnerable populations receive the care they need.  They also are looking to faith based organizations, nonprofits and public health agencies to partner in strategic initiatives.  Community Advisory Groups and local task forces can serve to inform senior executives about the residents who have unique needs to address. Learn more...

In order to fund programs and services that address the upstream, social determinants of health, innovative funding strategies that combine community benefit dollars, impact investors and traditional philanthropy are needed. Impact4Health has lead pioneering work in Alameda County’s Pay for Success Asthma Initiative. Learn more...

 

 

The power of community to create health is far greater than any physician, clinic or hospital.
— Mark Hyman, MD TedMED2010

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Maria G. Hernandez, PhD President and COO

Impact4Health, LLC

 

Maria Hernandez, PhD

President and Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Hernandez has consulted for over 20 years and is regarded as a thoughtful  innovator, strategist and trusted advisor for major change initiatives across a wide range of sectors. With a grant from The California Endowment in 2011 she co-authored a study on the application of social impact bonds to address chronic health conditions. This work was the first to apply a pay for success strategy to address a chronic health condition.  This work has now inspired the development of a social impact investment strategy in two California communities addressing the needs of children with uncontrolled asthma.  In 2013, Maria was one of 70 researchers, policy makers, and innovators who attended the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation Convening on Advancing the Status of Pay for Success Initiatives.