VPI Strategies was awarded a community organizing grant from the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) to form a San Diego County affiliate of the California Chronic Care Coalition comprised of voluntary health agencies representing patients living with specific chronic illnesses. An astounding 75% of our health care spending is on people with chronic conditions. The definition for a chronic illness is one lasting 3 months or more (U.S. National Center for Health Statistics).
The coalition, California Chronic Care Coalition in San Diego County, will provide a place for patient advocates to strategize and share information with “like” organizations around chronic illness public policy issues. “Reforming California’s health care system will require a paradigm shift from ‘crisis centered care’ to ‘prevention centered care.” -Liz Helms, California Chronic Care Coalition President & CEO. More than 20 organizations in San Diego County will be invited to participate.
Scott Suckow will serve as the convener of the coalition. Scott is a VPI Affiliated Partner and Vice President of Development and Government Relations with Mental Health Systems. He has a long history of involvement in the non-profit community, particularly around improving healthcare access and standards of care. Scott was also the appointee on three San Diego County Health and Human Services commissions and named one of San Diego Magazine’s “50 People to Watch”.
VPI is grateful to PhRMA, which represents innovative biopharmaceutical research and discovery companies. PhRMA is devoted to advancing public policies in the U.S. and around the world that support innovative medical research, yield progress for patients today and provide hope for the treatments and cures of tomorrow.
Established in 1999, VPI Strategies works in the for-profit, nonprofit and government sectors. VPI leverages strengths, provides intelligence and offers innovative solutions to complex issues. The organization is committed to our work in nonprofit sector and specifically to community organizing initiatives that better the lives of San Diegans. VPI is honored to part of California Chronic Care Coalition in San Diego County.