David S. Lopez, president and CEO, Harris Health System said, ““When organizations like GE and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative come together, positive gains for our community are possible. Harris Health System, which focuses on the delivery of primary care, wellness and prevention services to the residents of Harris County, fully supports these efforts that aim to create a healthier community and improve the well-being of the people who live here.”A Plan for Action The program in Houston will adopt best practices from both GE’s healthymagination cities initiative and the Clinton Foundation’s work. Launched in 2009 in the greater Cincinnati area, GE’s healthymagination cities program brings together city leaders, local employers, providers, payers and civic organizations to establish region-wide treatment standards, encourage more efficient information exchange and improve health and wellness education among those battling chronic diseases. To date, the program has helped create more than 100 new primary care medical homes, resulted in fewer emergency room visits , and increased the percentage of “high risk” pediatric asthma population that rated “well controlled” by physician and parent from 29% to nearly 76%. Based on this success, GE expanded this program to Louisville, Kentucky and Erie, Pennsylvania in 2012. For more information on GE’s work in cities please visit: http://healthymagination.com/our-work/transforming-cities/ Sue Siegel, CEO, healthymagination, GE said, “Health is an investment we must protect and that means we all have to do things differently. This initiative is being designed in partnership with the Houston community to disrupt the status quo and improve the long-term sustainability of the city’s system.” GE employs more than 6,000 employees in the Houston region. The Clinton Health Matters Initiative, a program of the Clinton Foundation, is a national initiative that works to improve the health and well-being of people across the United States to advance community health by closing gaps in health disparities and focusing efforts in underserved areas. CHMI has been at work in the Coachella Valley region of California and greater Little Rock in Arkansas. CHMI will also encourage individuals to lead healthier lives by providing an online platform to connect people with local, scalable solutions for healthy change agents.
About GEGE (NYSE: GE) works on things that matter. The best people and the best technologies taking on the toughest challenges. Finding solutions in energy, health and home, transportation and finance. Building, powering, moving and helping to cure the world. Not just imagining. Doing. GE works. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.ge.com. About the Clinton Health Matters Initiative The Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) works to improve the health and well-being of people across the United States by activating individuals, communities, and organizations to make meaningful contributions to the health of others. CHMI works to implement evidence-based systems, environmental and investment strategies, with the goals of ultimately reducing the prevalence of preventable diseases, reducing health care costs associated with preventable diseases, and improving the quality of life for people across America. CHMI works to activate individuals to lead healthier lives by providing a platform to access local, scalable solutions for healthy change agents; advance community health by closing gaps in health disparities and focusing efforts in underserved areas; and, engage the private sector through pledges to improve the health and well-being of the nation. These successes are showcased each January at the Health Matters conference, where national thought leaders convene to discuss ways in which individuals, communities, and corporations can contribute to the health of others.