GE Launches HealthyCities Leadership Academy to Accelerate Population Health in Communities Across America

GE and partners to provide funding, expertise and growth
opportunities to identify novel approaches to improving community health

OSSINING, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–GE announced today the HealthyCities Leadership Academy, a program that
encourages U.S. communities to work together to develop population
health improvements by partnering with public and private entities. The
National Academy of Medicine and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation
support these ambitious goals and will collaborate with GE’s
healthymagination commitment on the initiative.

The HealthyCities Leadership Academy includes an open innovation
challenge focused on selecting up to 10 communities from across the
country that will win up to $25,000 and a chance to secure additional
funding during a year-long learning collaborative. The goal of the
program is to train community and business leaders to work together to
develop and support new models for approaching population health
challenges and improve the health of working families living in their
cities, towns and communities.

“GE has a strong commitment to improving population health,” said Sue
Siegel, CEO, GE Ventures and healthymagination. “Previously,
governments, foundations, and private organizations have united to
develop and execute programs designed to improve the health of local
communities. However, these partnerships have rarely included or relied
on local businesses to achieve their goals. We believe that leveraging
the strengths of businesses can enable communities to more effectively
develop and implement community health initiatives.”

GE’s healthymagination commitment focuses on better health for more
people, and continuously develops and invests in innovation to improve
the lives of people around the world. Whether it is a program focused on
the built environment, kindergarten readiness, personal health
improvement, access to care, childhood obesity, smoking cessation, or
programs focused on any of the other social determinants of health – the
Healthy Cities Leadership Academy will look at how communities plan to
leverage the strengths of businesses and public entities to more
effectively develop and implement community health initiatives.

“The stakeholders required to make change happen include entities like
social service units, school systems, employers, environmental quality,
and law enforcement,” said Dr. David Kindig, Co-Chair of the Roundtable
for Population Health Improvement at the National Academy of Medicine.
“Many times they have never coordinated efforts with traditional public
health agencies, the healthcare delivery system, or community-based
organizations. The leadership by GE and its partners to identify new,
creative and economically sustainable ways to affect the broader social
determinants of health such as the social, economic and physical
environment factors is an exciting opportunity.”

Winning communities will be determined after a deliberate and thorough
evaluation of all eligible entries by a panel of distinguished judges
who have expertise in the fields of population health, public health,
and healthcare. The judges include:

  • Honorable Donald Berwick: Dr. Berwick was most recently the
    Administrator for the Medicare and Medicaid Services, HHS, where he
    was responsible for implementation of the Accountable Care Act. Prior
    to this role, he founded and was CEO of the Institute for Healthcare
  • Dr. Bechara Choucair: Dr. Choucair is Senior Vice President,
    Safety Net Transformation and Community Health, Trinity Health. Prior
    to this position, he was the Health Commissioner for the City of
    Chicago, Illinois.
  • Dr. David Kindig: Dr. Kindig is Emeritus Professor for
    Population Health Sciences and Emeritus Vice-Chancellor for Health
    Sciences at the University of Wisconsin. He is also Emeritus Co-Chair
    of the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement at the National
    Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and also developed
    with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation the County Health Rankings
    model for population health.
  • Dr. James S. Marks: Dr. Marks is Executive Vice President,
    Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He oversees all program,
    communication, research, and policy activities in support of the
    Foundation’s vision to build a “Culture of Health” in America. Prior
    to this position, Marks served as Assistant Surgeon General and
    Director of the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and
    Health Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Elizabeth Mitchell: Mitchell is President & CEO of the Network
    for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI), a national network of 35
    multi-stakeholder collaboratives across the U.S. She also serves as
    Vice-Chair of the Physician Focused Payment Technical Advisory
    Committee at HHS. Prior to leading NRHI, Mitchell was the CEO of the
    Maine Health Management Coalition.

The learning collaborative will formally kick off with a two-day,
in-person workshop at GE’s Global Leadership Institute in Crotonville,
New York, in October 2016. Activities that follow include in-person and
virtual training sessions by experts in the field of health and the
broader determinants of population health, site visits by many of these
experts and GE to provide peer support and mentorship around the winning
community program being implemented, and other opportunities to create
connections, partnerships and innovations that incubate and scale their
ideas. At the conclusion of the program in 2017, the most successful
communities will compete for additional funds from a total pool of

For more information and to enter your community team, visit

About GE

GE (NYSE:GE) is the world’s Digital Industrial Company, transforming
industry with software-defined machines and solutions that are
connected, responsive and predictive. GE is organized around a global
exchange of knowledge, the “GE Store,” through which each business
shares and accesses the same technology, markets, structure and
intellect. Each invention further fuels innovation and application
across our industrial sectors. With people, services, technology and
scale, GE delivers better outcomes for customers by speaking the
language of industry.

About GE’s healthymagination commitment

GE’s healthymagination commitment is about better health for more
people. We continuously develop and invest in innovations that deliver
high-quality, more affordable healthcare to more people around the
world. For more information about our healthymagination commitment,


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