Engaging Wye River

When we formally launched WRGH in June, 2001, one of the unique values to our contributors was our ability to set a neutral table and attract thought leaders from all healthcare sectors and differing ideologies. These dialogues vetted various health policy proposals with Republican and Democratic leaders from the US House and Senate, in a retreat setting at the Aspen Institute Wye River Conference Center in Maryland.

At that time, it was a new concept to bring public and private sector healthcare interests together to discuss public policy at a bi-partisan table. We are happy to say that today there is a growing recognition that addressing our country's healthcare challenges will require compromise and cross sector consensus building!

However, we soon became convinced that the answers to what ails healthcare will not be found in Washington alone, where more time is spent discussing politics than policy and debating extremes rather than finding consensus. We turned our attention to communities as the logical place for initiating change. We sought to champion community leadership and look for replicable models that might be emulated by others.

Today, there is a broadened appreciation for finding local solutions and learning from community initiatives and community leaders. These leaders have a much better sense of what will work in their backyards than Washington does! CMS, AHRQ, HRSA and other federal agencies are beginning to provide communities with the flexible tools they need to fix their own problems, and to learn from them important policy implications.

As a result, our organization is evolving. Wye River Group on Healthcare (WRGH) and its affiliated Foundation for American Health Care Leadership (FAHCL) are committed to remaining unique and relevant to our supporters in the current health policy landscape.

Please contact us (Jon Comola, 512-472-2005, jrcomola@wrgh.org) for information on how you and your organization can support our core work, or how we can work with you to achieve your goals and advance our mutual agenda of improving health and healthcare. For additional information, click on any of the items below.