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506. HealthPartners in Uganda

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Coop Name: HealthPartners N° of Employees: 26,000
City: Bloomington N° of Members: 1.8 million insured members
Country: United States Year of formation: 1957
Website: http://https://www.healthpartners.com/hp/index.html Twitter: Link
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HealthPartners is a US-based integrated health care organization, providing health care services and health plan financing and administration to more than 1.8 million members nationwide. Founded in 1957 as a cooperative, today it has grown to be the largest consumer-governed nonprofit health care organization in the nation. Since 1997, HealthPartners has leveraged its cooperative expertise to develop an innovative cooperative health insurance model for resource poor locations. With funding from the Cooperative Development Program at USAID, HealthPartners builds stakeholder capacity and facilitates regional network development, empowering members to access care and improve their health through health cooperatives. HealthPartners promotes a path to self-reliance and resilience. HealthPartners does not reinsure providers or subsidize premiums for cooperative members. HealthPartners cooperative model is sustained by stakeholders who invest in order to benefit.

HealthPartners receives grant funding to help local stakeholders in Uganda develop and sustainably manage health cooperatives so they can access the care they need when they need it.

Since 1997, HealthPartners has leveraged its expertise to develop a health cooperative model based on existing systems and financed by local stakeholders that allows community members in resource poor areas to overcome their health challenges. Local stakeholder capacity is built to identify and meet their health care needs. Co-op members and health care providers are supported to develop partnerships with measures of accountability. HealthPartners builds the capacity of health care providers to manage health coop partnerships for increased access to care with improved health outcomes. Health care providers and co-op stakeholders are trained to use data to make results-based decisions. HealthPartners sustainable health cooperative development strategies focus on women and vulnerable populations using community-based approaches and that lead to strong networks between public and private partners that enable them to meet their needs in ever changing environments. Better access to quality preventive care with more accountability means improved community health outcomes. We developed a cooperative health financing model that empowers over 50,000 members to access health care in rural Uganda.

Funding provided by: The United States Agency for International Development

More information about HealthPartner’s international work here: https://www.healthpartners.com/hp/about/community-engagement/uganda/index.html

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