News & Views
Chris Queram,
President and CEO
From the President & CEO...
Navigating a new era

This past year has seen some significant shifts in what we refer to as the ‘strategic framework’ of your organization. These changes have come about as a result of several factors which together provided the impetus to bring greater coherence to our strategic positioning and priorities. Our response was to design a process that actively engaged the entire board in thinking about the changes in the quality “eco-system” and their implications for our work.

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Matt Gigot
Project Analyst
The Analyst’s Perspective
Population health: Adding to our repertoire

The theme of this edition of News and Views addresses one of WCHQ’s new strategic directions, which is to establish an operational definition of population health in the context of diabetes, and to develop goals to improve health status around that definition. Perhaps by beginning to take a deeper look at those factors that influence health outside of the clinic, providers will make additional strides in improving the health of their patients.

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Julie Willems Van Dijk
New to the board - Julie Willems Van Dijk

(This is the first of what will become a regular feature in New & Views -- Introducing new WCHQ board members)
Meet Julie Willems Van Dijk, WCHQ’s newest board member. Willems Van Dijk has been an Associate Scientist at the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI) since September 2009, where she works on the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation- funded Mobilizing Action toward Community Health (MATCH) project.

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Member Spotlight
Bellin Health

Ten years ago WCHQ member organization, Bellin Health, was facing the pressure of increased competition moving into their northeast Wisconsin market and the potential of significantly less patient volume. The decrease in volume forced Bellin to look closely at every major expense category. The health benefit became a major target for cost reduction efforts. Thus began a serendipitous journey that would eventually lead to Bellin’s participation in the Institute for Healthcare Improvement’s (IHI) Triple Aim initiative, lower healthcare costs and improved health for employees.

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