Pueblo Triple Aim Corporation has a history rooted in community collaboration and planning to address the health and cost concerns of the county.
Over 20 organizations from Pueblo County attended a Triple Aim workshop facilitated by Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) to discuss addressing the Triple Aim (better health, better care, lower costs) in Pueblo. Broad agreement was reached on the utility of the Triple Aim model and a Steering Committee was formed to continue the work.
Kaiser Permanente provided funding for the Steering Committee to participate in IHI’s Triple Aim pilot program and funded a part-time contract project coordinator to organize Pueblo’s Triple Aim efforts. Simultaneously, the Steering Committee partnered with ReThink Health (RTH) to create a Pueblo-specific system dynamics model funded by the Ripple Foundation to understand the potential impact of various interventions on the Triple Aim. RTH model development continued through most of 2011.
The Steering Committee determined that a new non-profit corporation needed to be created to support and drive the overall mission of Pueblo Triple Aim and to provide a neutral entity that could apply for funding to support the work.
PTAC’s governance structure was finalized: Pueblo Triple Aim Corporation providing overall policy development and guidance to Pueblo’s Triple Aim efforts; Pueblo Triple Aim Steering Committee providing the direction and support for the work towards meeting agreed upon Triple Aim goals, and; community level groups associated with each project portfolio that guide and lead the work. Three years of operational funding was received from the Colorado Health Foundation.
The Corporation received tax-exempt status from the Internal Revenue Service and the board of directors was fully seated with 5 health care industry representatives and 4 community representatives.