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WRG Domestic Initiatives

Texas Leadership Roundtable on Water Abstract

At the request of Texas Legislative leadership the Texas Leadership Roundtable on Water was created to bring disparate water stakeholders together to explore and develop commonality of purpose. The project has created a set of 40+ public policy recommendations on a wide array of water issues and enjoys the active endorsement of more than 35 organizations and is growing. Texas Leadership Roundtable on Water Abstract:

National Association of Chain Restaurants (NACR) abstract

A subsidiary of the National Retail Federation the NACR represents many household restaurants brands: Mc Donald’s, TGIF, Burger King, Bennigans, etc. Each independent member had a different public policy stance on healthcare this resulted in an in-effective and non-cohesive advocacy platform for the Association and the Federation. NACR engaged WRG to conduct a baseline environmental scan reflecting major trends in healthcare and work with a broad cross section of NACR members in a series of three facilitated face to meetings. The meetings aligned the fractured membership and resulted in the development and publication of a consensus position statement on health reform and a white paper reflecting their shared public policy positions to be advocated by the association.

Texas Leadership Roundtables on Health Care abstract

This WRG initiative was created in 2011 to assist the Texas Legislature and the Department of Health and Human Services find viable long term pathways toward meeting Texans health care needs. The project brings together senior level agency, legislative and private sector innovators to learn, share and connect. It conducts three meetings a year and advances a robust set consensus public policy recommendations. Texas Leadership Roundtable on Health Care Abstract:

LBJ School of Public Affairs abstract

The Dean of LBJ requested our support in positioning the school as a trusted advisor to the Texas public policy community (legislature and business). Working with the UT System Departments we created a thought leadership series. In the form of issue briefings taking place inside the Texas Senate we are conducting and filming panels on: planned communities, natural resource management, health, health care, education and transportation. The back drop is the challenge of the state of Texas meeting the demands of its population doubling by year 2050.

NACDS National Association of Chain Drug Stores abstract

WRG was engaged by NACDS twice on the same issue; once in 2001 and again in 2005. The challenge the Association faced is answering the question: Given the current health care environment in the US what is the best role for the pharmacist? WRG was hired to research, develop and report on the major local, state and federal marketplace and public policy trends impacting NACDS member organizations. Work directly with member organizations to assess their internal priorities, facilitate agreement among the members on business and public policy priorities and raise public awareness around the value proposition of the role of the pharmacist

Congressionally mandated Citizens Health Care Task Force

An unprecedented Congressional initiative charged with gathering public opinion on health and health care values that would guide national public policy. WRG was engaged by AHRQ as the Task Forces Chairman’s advisor. The effort sought public opinion from across the country in more than 60 meetings in different venues and on the web and produced a Congressional report that lead to a series of Congressional hearings.

Northrop Grumman abstract (NG)

The technology R and D division of NG had developed a universal interchange that worked to enable different computer systems to freely communicate with one another. They believed an ideal application of this technology would be with state health and human services agencies old legacy systems. Together WRG and NG developed a briefing paper and a prioritized list of target accounts. WRG lead the introductions and facilitated partnerships to apply the technology

HRSA abstract

The Health Resources and Services Administration engaged WRG to map its five year strategy and document a plan of action. The agency asked WRG to lead a series of large group dialogues with agency staff, break the large group dialogues in to small group sessions designed to develop specific goals and objectives for the five year plan.

(LHC) Leading Healthy Communities abstract

LHC is a web based portal created by WRG and Premier Inc. to capture and maintain more than 200 case studies of tested exemplary community work in improving health and health care. Each case study is formatted and provides a road map for community leaders to tackle local health related issues.

FAHCL abstract: The Foundation for American Health Care Leadership abstract

The Foundation for American Health Care Leadership was founded by WRG to create a bridge from community ideas into WDC. Its work focused on two key questions:
  • What is the Economic Value of Health and Healthcare?
  • How do we promote and Enable Healthy Choices: Linking the desire for health with the decisions and tools that support Health

RWJF Robert Wood Johnson Foundation abstract

New leadership was entering the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation which promoted internal assessment of priorities. One issue for consideration by the incoming CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey was long term care (LTC). Wye River Group (WRG) was engaged to develop an environmental scan and to assemble and facilitate a series of industry distinct half day meetings. These meetings were designed to gather intelligence on where LTC was priority ranked within each organization and what action had been was planned to occur to address the issue at a public policy or internal policy level. Four distinct meetings were held in DC and a final report was developed and presented to RWJF.

Health accounts abstract

WRG had been working with bi-partisan Congressional leadership in the House and Senate and private sector interest in gaining a deeper understanding of the potential value of patient directed health care benefits (health accounts). The challenge politically was that the concept had become polarized on the hill and while there were many venture capitalists funding companies advancing the sale to health accounts political support severely lagged. WRG was asked to lead several executive retreats at the Aspen Institute Wye River Conference Center on the topic. Our work as a catalyst brought about a broader understanding of the potential value of these accounts and opened the door for IRS to finally rule on the issue in June of 2001. That ruling created HSA’s. WRG worked with varied stakeholders to produce the Employer’s Guide to Patient Directed Healthcare Benefits and WRG brokered the behind the scenes work that enabled the IRS ruling.

Blueprint for American Healthcare Reform abstract

Working with the Advanced Strategy Labs (ASL) WRG brought more than 350 health, consumer, business and public sector thought leaders into a methodical process designed by the ASL to identify concrete steps to advance health reform. Documented our findings and report them to Congress.

Communities Shaping a Vision for Americas 21st Century Health and Healthcare Report I and II abstract

This unprecedented five-year effort lead by WRG enjoyed the support of virtually every major DC based heath, consumer, and business advocacy organization. With the active involvement of the Bush Administration and Senior representation from the Democratic Leadership Council WRG worked closely with 12 communities. These communities when taken reasonably represented a cross section of America. WRG worked with each community and met with thought leaders across the spectrum of health, consumer, and business. We then assembled these leaders into a series of small group dialogues designed to identify areas where there is a ‘making of a consensus’ on public policy. This process resulted in more than 350 organizations endorsement of a published blueprint for American health care reform.

HIV Aids Action abstract

The HIV AIDS Action Foundation believed its issue domestically had been hijacked by attention on international HIV AIDS issues. Their Director brought in WRG to help them map out strategies that lead to greater attention on resourcing the needs of HIV AIDS in America.

21st Century Models of care report

WRG believed too little was understood about the importance and value of muti- disciplinary medical work teams. WRG invited a small group of medical service providers; nurses, pharmacists, primary care physicians, mental health, dental, etc. to explore in a day long facilitated meeting what was known and documented on the topic. The outcome of the discuss was agreement to develop a nationwide report to be developed through a year long process of periodic meetings with varied stakeholders coupled with interim research (written and on site). The result was a compendium report that was published and widely circulated in the market place and public policy arenas.