Capital Area Health Alliance 
Strategic Planning Goals 2011-2014

In June 2010, the Capital Area Health Alliance (CAHA) Board of Directors voted to launch a Strategic Planning Process. Since the last CAHA strategic plan for 2006 was published, CAHA has accomplished most of its organizational goals. The organization has successfully played its role as a neutral convening body to bring together the Capital Area health community's diverse stakeholders to identify and support important initiatives to improve health access, promote cost savings, foster collaboration, and advance quality health care. The Alliance also achieved a major programmatic goal by directing the design and implementation of a Health Information Exchange (HIE) for our region. A new organization, the Great Lakes Health Information Exchange, has been successfully established to deploy and operate the HIE. 

A Strategic Planning Work Group was appointed to meet, plan, and bring recommendations for a new strategic plan. Members of the Strategic Planning Work Group, chaired by Dr. James Randolph Hillard, included:

Marcus Cheatham - Ingham County Health Department 
Margie Clark, RN, MSN - Lansing Community College 
Phil Gillespie - Blue Care Network 
Valerie Glesnes-Anderson - Capital Area Health Alliance 
James Randolph Hillard, MD - Michigan State University 
Rick Lantz - Delta Dental Plans of Michigan 
Larry Leatherwood - Management Consultant 
Maureen Hillary - Hayes Green Beach Hospital 
Gordon White, Jr. - Glengarry Associates
After a thorough and enlightening strategic planning process, which included numerous board member and other interviews, meeting with Alliance committees, surveys, discussions, and document preparation, the members of the Board of Directors approved unanimously a new strategic plan that contains seven goals for the next three years. Those goals are:

• Enhance the Alliance's role as a Health Resource Development 

• Be a trusted authority on health and health care performance 
   improvement in the Capital Area 

• Create a culture of healthy lifestyles with emphasis on healthy eating 
   and physical activity

• Shape the community's Health Care Reform strategies 

• Engage the community in the initiatives of the Alliance and its 

• Optimize relationships with other community organizations focused on 
   health and health care improvement 

• Obtain sustainable funding that enables CAHA to carry out its mission 
   and achieve its goals

The results of that process and the goals generated will guide the work of the Alliance as we turn goals into strategic directions and action plans, some of which are seen here today as we explore the implications of Health Care Reform on the health system in our area. We would like to ask you join with the Alliance to achieve these goals, either through involvement in committees and/or in comments, and recommendations as we move forward.