Formed in 2014, the Communities Together for Health Equity (CTHE) Coalition is a diverse and representative group of NYC-based community organizations and stakeholders working to ensure comprehensive services for underserved communities. Since its inception, members of the CTHE and other CBOs advocated for planning resources to support CBO involvement in healthcare reform, including the achievement of the triple aim through community based services that address the social determinants of health (SDH), and transparency in the Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Program spending.
Through their advocacy, the New York State Department of Health awarded them a one-year planning grant that led to the creation of the CTHE Consortium, a subset of the Coalition, to support CBO participation in DSRIP and beyond. Through the planning grant, CBOs organized to have a voice in the implementation of the DSRIP Program, serving as true partners to the NYC PPSs and as active participants in the NYS health care delivery system. Their work seeks to improve responsiveness to community needs by bringing CBOs together to prepare and strategically plan for their full and robust involvement in health planning and system transformation. Their planned activities will improve understanding of the vital role CBOs play in facilitating community engagement and the critical importance of the SDH in contributing to the health of individuals and their communities.
CTHE’s goal is to develop, implement, and prepare a sustainable, representative, and engaged CBO consortium by building its infrastructure and facilitating collective readiness. They aim to promote visibility and raise awareness among CBOs and all payors about the value of CBO involvement and support to transform the delivery system, and to develop meaningful linkages as part of a comprehensive approach to community health.
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