Community Quality Initiatives

Statewide healthcare transformation is achieved with focused attention to improve care quality in an environment where clinical and community partnerships lend to healthier communities via a system that is affordable and sustainable over time.   

Accountable Communities of Health (ACH) is a model that engages multi-sector groups of stakeholders implementing innovative strategies to meet the clinical and social needs of a community through population-based, community-applied interventions. ACH provide care through partnerships that extend beyond clinical walls, integrating medical and non-medical services to achieve greater health equity among all residents of a community.

Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) guided the successful application of the ACH model across 24 communities in Iowa during a Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center initiative called the State Innovation Model from 2015 to 2019 in partnership with the Iowa Department of Health and Human Services. 

IHC is committed to continuing this work. IHC provides executive leadership and delivers a broad array of resources and technical assistance including:

• Data Analytics and Reporting
• Quality Improvement Engagement and Execution
• Professional Development Training and Consultation
• Community Integration and Partner Alignment

The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) is an example of IHC’s commitment to continuing this work. IHC leads two multi-sector consortiums committed to strengthening and expanding prevention, treatment and recovery services to address behavioral health, substance and opioid use disorders in high-risk rural Iowa communities.