What should health and health care in America look like? And how do we foster the new thinking and breakthrough initiatives that will get us there from where we are today?
The flagship initiative of the Rippel Foundation, ReThink Health serves as an incubator to support the emergence and application of new ways to accelerate the transformation of American health and health care. Founded in 2007, ReThink Health works to enable a genuine metamorphosis within the health system to occur – one in which seemingly different stakeholder groups come together in unexpected ways to redefine solutions and bring them to action.
ReThink Health began as a roundtable conversation among some of the nation’s most influential thought-leaders from health, business and energy, including Don Berwick, Amory Lovins, and Elliott Fisher. It is now supported by an array of project and funding partners and has a growing portfolio of initiatives in regions and with partners across the country.
ReThink Health is guided by four key principles:
- The goals of the system must be better health, better care and lower costs.
- These goals will only be achieved by leaders thinking and acting systemically, and working together across organizational boundaries.
- Fundamental (vs. incremental) system redesign is needed to meet health needs at the lowest possible cost.
- Health and health care are primarily local, and system-wide national impact will largely come from local action.
 Project and funding partners include the California HealthCare Foundation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dartmouth College, Dartmouth-Hitchcock, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Kaiser Permanente, the Colorado Foundation for Medical Care, MIT Sloan School of Management, the National Network of Public Health Institutes, and others.