Accountable Communities of Health (ACH)
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Accountable Communities of Health (ACHs) bring together leaders from multiple health sectors around the state with a common interest in improving health and health equity. As ACHs better align resources and activities they improve whole person health and wellness. See our video.
There are nine ACHs that collectively cover the entire state, with the boundaries of each aligned with the state’s Medicaid regional service areas (see map below).
- Promote health equity across the state.
- Address issues that affect health through local health improvement plans.
- Support local and statewide initiatives such as the Medicaid Transformation demonstration, practice transformation and value-based purchasing.
- Better align resources and activities that improve whole person health and wellness.
ACHs consider the specific needs within their regional service areas (RSAs) and communities. Health system transformation depends upon coordination and integration at the delivery system level with community services, social services and public health. This can happen if ACHs build the necessary linkages and supportive environments to address the needs of the whole person. This strategy, along with the shift toward fully integrated purchasing, will be greatly enhanced by the alignment of ACHs and RSAs.