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The Rippel Foundation Welcomes Michael Harris to its Board of Trustees

In April 2017, The Fannie E. Rippel Foundation welcomed Michael Harris to its board of trustees. Mr. Harris is the Managing Director of PFM Asset Management, a financial services firm founded exclusively for the benefit of governments and charitable institutions, where he oversees the firm’s strategic market development efforts. He is a nationally recognized expert in the structuring and procurement of financial products and brings expertise in developing investment management strategies that will benefit the foundation in numerous ways. In addition, as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Hamilton Health Center—a federally qualified health center (FQHC) serving Central Pennsylvania—Mr. Harris is deeply familiar with the challenges facing our nation’s health system.

“Michael’s experience will be an enormous asset to the Foundation,” said Laura K. Landy, President & CEO of The Rippel Foundation. “His deep understanding of government and organizational financing and investments will inform our strategy around sustainable financing, one of the key barriers to system change we are seeking to address. His insights into the operation of a FQHC and the complexities of the system that supports health will also help us as we design and test new approaches for the future in strategy, stewardship, financing, and beyond. More broadly, Michael is a critical thinker who will challenge and support our team in making our work ever stronger. The timing could not be better as we pursue new and ambitious efforts to disrupt the status quo and prevailing market structures.”

Mr. Harris joins a deep bench of talent on The Rippel Foundation Board, which is comprised of experts in health as well as those with legal, financial, philanthropic, and organizational change backgrounds. With responsibilities that go beyond that of most foundation boards, Rippel trustees guide the efforts of the foundation, including ReThink Health and Foresight: Designing the Future for Health, the foundation’s two primary initiatives.

Announcing ReThink Health Ventures: A New Project to Reimagine and Transform Health

On December 7, ReThink Health, the Rippel Foundation’s premiere initiative, launched its latest endeavor in our enduring effort to reimagine and transform health: ReThink Health Ventures. The Ventures project offers a critical opportunity to delve into the challenges facing our health system and to test real-world solutions with some of the most advanced multi-sector partnerships in the country.

Ventures brings together some of the nation’s most innovative
multi-sector partnerships to do business differently, together, and take the next big step in overcoming barriers and generating greater inclusive health value—demonstrated by the improved health of populations, better care, lower costs, greater equity, and increased workforce productivity.

Our aim is to show changemakers that, despite the many challenges our nation faces today, an integrated, dynamic, and high-functioning health ecosystem is possible. But it’s going to require enormous ingenuity and a good deal of bravery.  


Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Rippel Foundation, Ventures will be closely coordinated with complementary initiatives taking place across the country.

Read more about Ventures

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Health Transformation is Possible and Necessary

In the August issue of Health Affairs, ReThink Health demonstrates that select, combined investments in both clinical and population-level initiatives, along with sustainable long-term financing strategies, have the potential to dramatically reduce costs, improve health, boost productivity, and increase health equity over the next 25 years.

Using our ReThink Health Dynamics Model, which simulates a regional health system, we identify a scenario that could reduce healthcare costs by as much as 14 percent and chronic illness by as much as 20 percent, and increase workforce productivity by approximately 9 percent beyond where they would otherwise be by 2040.

This scenario establishes that health transformation is possible.

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