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Health Affairs Forefront: Organizing Around Vital Conditions Moves the Social Determinants Agenda into Wider Action

A team led by Rippel’s ReThink Health initiative, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, came together in 2017 to articulate a set of “vital conditions” for health and well-being. This paper explains the vital conditions framework, its genesis, and how organizing around the vital conditions moves the social determinants agenda into wider action.

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The Rippel Effect: Winter 2023

We’re excited to share the first issue of our newsletter—The Rippel Effect! This quarterly newsletter will serve as a way to connect, share stories of stewardship, and exchange resources as we all work together to grow the movement for equitable health and well-being.

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The Rippel Foundation Announces Grant Awards to Nine Community Organizations

In our efforts to advance equitable health and well-being for all, Rippel is pleased to announce grants to nine organizations that are committed to improving lives in the communities they serve—with a focus on maternal health or working conditions for health care workers. Click here to read about the grant recipients.

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Unsung Stewards Podcast: Introducing Season 2

In the second season of Unsung Stewards, you will hear from four stewards who are supporting transformative change in their communities. The conversations explore many important and timely themes. Stay tuned for upcoming episodes as we continue to spotlight stewards who are working to help their communities thrive.

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New Federal Plan Presents Revolutionary Redesign of Government Efforts to Improve Americans’ Health and Well-Being

The federal government has released its interagency plan for Equitable Long-term Recovery and Resilience. Read the response from Becky Payne, former Lead, Federal Plan for Long Term Recovery and Resilience at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and incoming Rippel President and CEO.

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Laura Landy, former President and CEO of Rippel, Issues Year-end Statement

After 25 years as a trustee, and 16 years as President and CEO, on January 1, 2023, Laura Landy will transition to the honored role of President Emerita and Senior Advisor to The Rippel Foundation. Read Laura’s reflections on her time with Rippel and the movement to thrive together.

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Rippel Announces Leadership Transition

Rippel announces the appointment of Becky Payne as President and CEO and Alan Lieber as COO and Chief Health Care Strategist as of 2023.

 

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How Can a Community Pursue Equitable Health and Well-Being after a Severe Shock? Ideas from an Exploratory Simulation Model

Just published in MDPI Systems, this paper, authored by Bobby Milstein, Jack Homer, and Chris Soderquist, presents the Thriving Together Model and explores how stewards of a divided community can heal through a traumatic shock and spring forward toward a future with greater well-being and justice.

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2021 Pulse Check on Shared Stewardship for Thriving Together Across America

Rippel’s ReThink Health initiative is proud to publish the 2021 Pulse Check on Shared Stewardship for Thriving Together Across America, the first and only nationwide survey to examine the state of stewardship values, priorities, and practices. Findings reveal the extent to which those in pivotal positions are thinking and acting like stewards of an equitable, thriving future.

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Stewards Rising Campaign: Answering the Call for Change

ReThink Health, the flagship initiative of Rippel, is launching a new campaign, Stewards Rising: Answering the Call for Change. The campaign is designed to spread awareness about the groundbreaking work of stewards who are shaping the future of health and well-being in their communities. Click to explore and join the movement.

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Shared Stewardship: Who Is Willing To Invest In People And Places With The Most To Gain?

We view well-being as a consequence of system design—and the system that prevails across the US was never built for everyone to thrive. However, we can transform that system if enough of us see ourselves as interdependent stewards in a movement for well-being, equity, and racial justice.

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Guide to Shared Stewardship in Health Care

 

On behalf of ReThink Health, Community Initiatives Network, and Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), with support from Well Being Trust, we invite you to explore the recently released Shared Stewardship in Health Care guide. The Guide explores the principles and culture of stewardship that Rippel and our partners are dedicated to promoting in order to achieve the north star goal of equitable health and well-being for all.

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Rippel Foundation Op-ed Published in Crain’s New York

“It doesn’t have to be this way. City leaders have the power to change the trajectory for residents.” An op-ed in Crain’s New York by Rippel EVP Becky Payne calls for cities and regions to improve health outcomes by developing policies that focus on the vital conditions for health and by making long-term commitments to every aspect of well-being.

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Rippel’s New York Times Letter to the Editor Calls for System Change

Rippel EVP Becky Payne’s New York Times letter to the editor highlights the importance of shared stewardship and a focus on vital conditions to create system change. “This is a systems failure, and we need systems solutions.”

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Watch Now: What is Stewardship?

Bobby Milstein, Rippel’s Director of System Strategy, explains the stewardship movement and the vital conditions that all people and places need to thrive.

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The Rippel Foundation Remembers Edward Probert (1936-2022)

Edward (Ted) Probert, former president and CEO, as well as board chair of The Rippel Foundation, passed away on July 31, 2022, at the age of 86. Mr. Probert served as vice president at Rippel from 1988 to 1994, president and CEO from 1994 to 2004, and later as chair of the Board of Trustees from 2004 to 2008.

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SCOTUS Decision to Overturn Roe v. Wade Will Exacerbate Existing Inequities that Undermine Health and Well-Being

Caring for women’s health has been a central pillar of the Rippel Foundation’s mission since its founding in 1953. The practical, real-world consequences of this decision will exacerbate the already existing challenges to achieving a world where all people can truly thrive.

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How To Make a Case for Healthcare Systems Centered Around Justice

Watch the latest Brunch n’ Learn session featuring guest speakers from Rippel Foundation, CaseMakers, Build Healthy Places Network, and Thomas Jefferson University Hospitals.

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Rippel Announces Grant Awards to Nine Regional Community Organizations

Rippel is pleased to announce grants to nine organizations working to advance health and well-being in New Jersey and other local communities. Nominated by the Rippel Board and staff members, each organization has received $25,000 in unrestricted funds, which will be used toward general operating and programmatic support.

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Rippel Looks Toward the Future of Health and Well-Being: An Interview with Our CEO

Our President and CEO, Laura Landy, recently sat down with Nina del Rio, host of iHeart Media’s ‘Get Connected’ radio program, to discuss the Foundation’s FORESIGHT initiative, the impact that shared stewardship can have, and the future of health and well-being at this critical time.

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Webinar: The Long View: New Year, New Practices

So many in philanthropy want to contribute to building a more just and equitable future, but the question is, how? Dealing with compounding and urgent crises can easily consume our energies. How do we begin to imagine and create practices that bring about new opportunities for a vibrant future?

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5 Healthy Towns Tackles Mental Health Needs of Western Washtenaw County

In 2019, the 5 Healthy Towns Foundation and ReThink Health led discussions with Washtenaw community leaders to collaborate in ways that were both measureable and impactful to the community—focusing on one big thing, rather than lots of smaller, separate things.

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Rippel Welcomes New Executive Leaders

Alan Lieber, former President of Overlook Medical Center, and Rebecca Payne, who has served in a variety of leadership roles within the CDC and other areas of federal government, have joined Rippel as Executive Vice Presidents.

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Rippel’s FORESIGHT Initiative Publishes Groundbreaking Report on the Future of Health and Well-Being

The report, Creating an Equitable Future for Health and Well-Being, highlights the ideas, hopes, and fears of more than 7,500 Americans.

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ReThink Health Action Learning Synthesis

As an action-learning partner to a growing and diverse field of stewards, we are committed to sharing real-time insights about transformative approaches at the frontiers of a rapidly changing world.

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Listen Now: Unsung Stewards Podcast

In our podcast series, guests share stories of their stewardship journey – navigating turbulent times and bringing communities together to support pandemic response, health equity, and transformational change.

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Palm Beach County Receives RWJF Culture of Health Prize

The RWJF Culture of Health Prize honors and elevates communities for working at the forefront of advancing health, opportunity, and equity.

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New Trustees Join Rippel Board

Rippel is proud to announce the election of two new trustees: Lydia Nadeau, RN, MBA, and Bob Atkins, PhD, RN, FAN. Each brings an abundance of experience and insight to Rippel.

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