The Healthy Nevada Project: How Community Health Guides Strategic Planning

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The special edition of Modern Healthcare on social determinants includes an interview with Renown President and CEO, Tony Slonim, M.D., Dr.PH., FACHE. In it, he discusses healthcare strategic planning and how the Healthy Nevada Project is truly the ultimate in strategic planning.

“In not-for-profit healthcare, we have a responsibility to care for the community. Unfortunately, much of our services, staffing and efforts are devoted to healthcare not health. However, systems at the forefront of population health are creating opportunities to change the status quo.”

This is the lead paragraph in a comprehensive Q & A with Dr. Slonim in the current issue of Modern Healthcare. 

The article addresses Dr. Slonim’s belief that as healthcare organizations commit more fully to their communities’ needs, they also need awareness of the factors that drive each community’s overall health status. That is the goal of the Healthy Nevada Project. Dr. Slonim and community partners at Desert Research Institute realized they were limited by a lack of data about overall health status in northern Nevada. Without that data they felt unable to work toward strategically impacting health determinants.

So Renown joined forces with DRI to launch the landmark population health study in September 2016. The Healthy Nevada Project now has more than 30,000 enrollees contributing valuable data that could improve health statewide. 

Check out this special issue of Modern Healthcare to read more of Dr. Slonim’s unique perspective about healthcare strategic planning. 

Dr. Anthony Slonim is an innovator and proven leader in healthcare on both the regional and national levels. During his notable career at major healthcare organizations and academic institutions, Dr. Slonim has developed a national profile as an expert in patient safety, accountable care, healthcare quality and innovative care delivery models focused on improving health within the community. For more Healthy Perspectives, follow Dr. Slonim on Twitter.