September 26 2017

It’s always been our mission to change the way people view health. Health happens where you live, work, learn, and play. Too many people across our state are in poor health and living under harmful conditions. Responding to these challenges requires us to redefine how our health system operates.

Building a healthy community is possible when everyone works together for a common cause. Unfortunately, too often, health care providers, nonprofits, schools, business and others work in isolation. The good news is that leaders across California are working in their local communities on a new comprehensive approach that brings a variety of local players together to improve the health and well-being of their residents.

The California Endowment partnered with the State of California along with several other funders in 2016 to launch an ambitious effort, The California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI), to modernize our health system. CACHI provides the infrastructure and resources that communities need to effectively work together and break the silos that keep many of these organizations apart.

We’re very proud to announce that CACHI has expanded to 15 communities throughout California, including cities, rural areas, and suburbs. CACHI communities are working to address the biggest health issues in those regions, such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, community violence, and trauma. Only in partnership will we solve these problems.

We can no longer continue to place all of the responsibility on hospitals, health plans, and doctors to keep us well.

At The California Endowment, we focus on the larger community as an ecosystem of health and we’re excited that an initiative like CACHI is expanding and modernizing the way we think about what a health system is and does.

Learn more about these communities and their efforts on the CACHI website: www.cachi.org.

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