NEWSLETTER: ACHP Plans at Work in Their Communities: Addressing Health Equity

Alliance of Community Health Plans (ACHP) members are implementing innovative approaches to address health equity in their communities.  A new set of community health profiles explores how:

Dean Health Plan/SSM Health (Madison, Wisconsin) partners with a local church and other community organizations to provide fresh food to more than 100 people in an underserved area. The Triangle Neighborhood is characterized by older individuals representing several minority populations including Hmong, African-American and Latino, many of whom are mentally or physically challenged. These partnerships not only provide needed resources but also foster relationships within the community.

Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin (GHC-SCW) (Madison, Wisconsin) is exploring how individuals are unintentionally affected by race in health care and have identified health equity as an organizational priority. Partnering with YWCA Madison on a three-year strategic plan, GHC-SCW is formalizing an equity capacity structure, improving cultural competency, applying equity principles to employee engagement, service recipient engagement and transgender care.

HealthPartners (Minneapolis, Minnesota) works with an affordable housing organization to implement disease care management and support at-risk populations. Through these interventions, HealthPartners has achieved a patient engagement rate of more than 70 percent.

UCare (Minneapolis, Minnesota) recognizes the need to support East African refugees settling in the area and works with community elders and religious leaders to facilitate discussions on health, provide information on accessing health insurance, promote immunizations and train partner organizations on cultural competencies.

On March 23, ACHP hosted a Twitter chat showcasing initiatives by member plans to address social determinants of health. Check out highlights from the discussion.

These profiles are part of a series  highlighting ACHP members’ work in their communities to address the drivers of a person’s total health including clinical health care, health behaviors, socio-economic and environmental factors.


-Lindsay Arrington
Innovation Programs Associate