Pueblo was the first pilot region to work with the ReThink Health Dynamics project. As a member of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s Triple Aim in a Region program, key stakeholders in Pueblo are committed to pursuing the three simultaneous goals of better health, better care, and lower costs. When they first convened in November 2010, local leaders sought to understand how they might address all three goals, without sacrificing progress in one area to achieve improvements elsewhere. They worked with the ReThink Health Dynamics team to gather data and build a formal model that simulates the behavior of Pueblo’s health system.
In 2011, ReThink Health launched a campaign in Columbia, South Carolina, where leaders are coming together to transform health and health care in zip code 29203. South Carolina has significant health challenges: two-thirds of the population is overweight, one-third suffers from hypertension, eleven percent suffers from diabetes. In South Carolina, some populations are more affected than others with the prevalence of chronic disease even higher and access to care more limited. Zip code 29203 in Columbia is among the worst affected.