Connect

Connect with peers and
health reform advisors.

Collaborate

Collaborate around safety, quality,
affordability, and health reform.

Act

Form an action group to work
towards a better health system.

  • Health Activist Network
    The Health Activist Network enables health professionals to create the health system they want to work in by accelerating health policy and care delivery improvements. Interdisciplinary health professionals who are passionate about patient safety, quality, and affordability connect, collaborate, and act through an online knowledge management platform—Tomorrow’s HealthCare™. The Network also provides opportunities to attend in-person and virtual events, learn from national health reform advisors, and join Champions Programs, which provide health professionals with tools and training to lead improvements in their work settings. The Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative manages the Health Activist Network, with funding from the DSF Charitable Foundation and the Jewish Healthcare Foundation.

  • If you are a health professional who wants to create a better health system and are interested in patient safety, quality, and affordability, you belong with the Health Activist Network. The Health Activist Network is a coherent force for creating a better health system: the Network members and Action Groups advocate for safety, quality and affordability through improved health practices and policies.

    We work in a health system that causes 200,000+ patient deaths annually from medical errors, wastes 35% of spending, and provides recommended care only half of the time. As Health Activist Network members, we believe it’s time to create the health system that we and our patients deserve—a system that:

    • is free of waste and errors
    • provides evidence-based practices
    • partners with patients on their journey to better health
    • improves people’s behavioral, social, and physical health
    • offers affordable health care
    • treats patients compassionately
    • tracks data to drive continuous learning and improvement
    • empowers providers with training in safety science and quality engineering
    • reports access, quality, and cost information to the public, and
    • operates under policies that support this type of health system

    Join the online Health Activist Network by clicking here.

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    To support you in this work, Health Activist Network members receive access to the online platform powered by Tomorrow's HealthCare™, in-person events, virtual events, and opportunities to learn from national health reform experts and advisors. Members will also have the opportunity to apply for upcoming Champions Programs, which provide health professionals with tools and training to lead improvements in their work settings.
    If you would like more information, please contact us at info@healthactivistnetwork.org. Become a member today.

  • Robert Ferguson Avatar

    Robert Ferguson, ferguson@JHF.org, Health Activist Network Director and Health Reform Moderator, Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative
    Ashley Chung Avatar

    Ashley Chung, chung@JHF.org, Health Activist Network Manager and Online Moderator, Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative
    Bruce Block Ferguson Avatar

    Bruce Block, MD, bblock@prhi.org, Health Activist Network Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Moderator, Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative
    Jennifer Condel Avatar

    Jennifer Condel, jcondel@prhi.org, Health Activist Network Quality Improvement and Patient Safety Moderator, Pittsburgh Regional Health Initiative
    If you would like more information, please contact us at info@healthactivistnetwork.org
  • The Health Activist Network provides opportunities to learn from national health reform advisors, including:
    Stuart Altman Avatar

    Stuart Altman, PhD, MA, Sol C. Chaikin Professor of National Health Policy, Brandeis University
    Vineet Arora Avatar

    Vineet Arora, MD, MAPP, Associate Professor of Medicine, The University of Chicago Medicine
    Ann Hwang Avatar

    Ann Hwang, MD, Director of the Center for Consumer Engagement in Health Innovation, Community Catalyst
    Michael L. Millenson

    Michael L. Millenson, President, Health Quality Advisors, LLC
    Neel Shah, MD, MPP

    Neel Shah, MD, MPP, Assistant Professor at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Delivery Decisions Initiative at the Ariadne Labs for Health Systems Innovation
    Bruce Vladeck, PhD

    Bruce Vladeck, PhD
    If you would like more information, please contact us at info@healthactivistnetwork.org

Advisor Spotlight ▶

Neel Shah, MD, MPP
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The realization that was key for me was understanding that all of healthcare improvement is a team sport. You need to create coalitions to make anything better. What makes health care different from ...

Member Spotlight ▶

Brian McWilliams, MBA
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Q: What would you say to your peers to get them to become health activists as well?
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Upcoming Events ▶

07Nov

Health Activist Meetup featuring Bruce C. Vladeck

05:30PM - 07:30PM
The Clemente Museum
A true mover and shaker in the health care world, Bruce Vladeck joins us for the second Health Activist Meetup on Tuesday, November ...

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30Nov

2017 Jonas Salk Health Activist Finale

05:30PM - 08:00PM
August Wilson Center
Join us as we honor this year's 2017 Jonas Salk Health Activist Fellows and meet the next generation of Pittsburgh leaders shaping t...

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