Welcome to BHI
Better Healthcare for Indiana was established in 2008 through the leadership of twenty faith, consumer, and health thought leaders dedicated to the proposition that “genuine health reform is local;” and that inclusive consumer and civic leader engagement and public education are essential in order to improve community health and support providers as they transition their business model from one that is volume and financial-driven to one that is value and community health–driven.
A state-wide learning network of inclusive, community health improvement councils that coordinate and manage collaborative local health improvement initiatives and inform citizens and consumers through fact-based, analysis-rich, easy-to-understand messaging about personal health, community health, healthcare consumption, inequities, costs, and quality.
To catalyze and sustain local health improvement councils across Indiana in their efforts to help citizens and consumers navigate the health system, coordinate collaborative initiatives to improve community health, and partner with providers and community institutions to improve the patient experience and slow the annual growth in medical spending.
- Social change agent for health and healthcare transformation in Indiana
- Neutral convener, facilitator, and coalition-builder for collaborative health improvement
- Non-profit consulting services provider for hospitals and health coalitions to conduct community assessments, implement health action plans, and maximize external funding opportunities
- Local coalition learning network builder and community educator
- BHI will avoid advocacy for specific legislative solutions
BHI Core Beliefs and Principles
- The task of improving community health and care delivery must be seen as “shared civic duty” that is collaborative, non-partisan, non-ideological, and elevated to a top tier leadership issue.
- Local improvement councils must be independent from, yet partner with, government and healthcare stakeholders.
- There must be performance transparency and accountability at multiple levels—patient care, health plan, and community health system.
- The effort must be responsive to the dynamic political and social change climate and be sustainable over a minimum of 15-20 years.
BHI 2012 Priorities
- Deliver community assessment & health action plan offerings to hospitals and local coalitions.
- Consider creating an Indiana Healthy Communities Network to support local health coalitions, in partnership with the Indiana State Department of Health and Purdue’s Center for Regional Development.
- Add to the "All Healthcare is Local" TV and video production series.