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CHS is distinctive in the field for our community mission, vision of clients as partners, collaborative approach, deep experience, team expertise, and strategic toolkit.

  • At CHS we believe strong nonprofits are essential for healthy communities.
  • We provide strategy support for nonprofits, foundations, associations, and public agencies working in the fields of health, human services, education, and community development.
  • We meet our clients where they are, and work collaboratively to help them accomplish their goals.
  • Over the past 20 years we have helped hundreds of organizations build capacity, create community impact, work for system change, and collaborate for learning and action.

Today we are especially focused on saving and strengthening the community safety net.  The disruptions caused by COVID-19 are creating serious challenges that threaten the future of countless community organizations.  We need short-term solutions right now, plus longer-term strategies for assuring that safety net organizations can recover and sustain their services for the future. At CHS we are working with others at the system level and the community level to help accomplish this goal.

Over the years we have helped hundreds of organizations accomplish their goals for learning, improvement, and impact. We view our clients as our partners, and we have learned as much or more from them as they learned from us. We turn this learning into insights, ideas, and innovations that can benefit all of our client partners.  Below is a partial list of organizations we have worked recently.

  • At CHS we help our client partners use the power of strategic collaboration to accomplish their goals for organizational development and community impact.
  • Strategic collaboration is essential because no single organization or sector is equipped to address the complex social and economic challenges affecting our communities. The most promising pathways for solving these challenges involve working together for collective impact.
  •  We help nonprofits and their partners work together to build capacity, create community impact, and work for system change. We specialize in bringing people together in strategy collaboratives.

CHS brings insight and lessons learned from 20 years of experience serving organizations that care about community. Much of this work has been accomplished through collaborative projects sponsored by associations, foundations, or public agencies. Our client base includes:

  • Associations
  • Foundations
  • Community Health Centers
  • Community Behavioral Health Agencies
  • Free and Charitable Clinics
  • Foundations
  • Health Strategy Organizations
  • Hospitals and Health Systems
  • Human Service Agencies
  • Mission-Driven Business Organizations
  • Public Health Agencies
  • Public Policy Commissions
  • Public School Systems
  • Senior Service Agencies
  • United Way Agencies

This experience has given us countless opportunities to learn from people in a wide range of organizational settings. We leverage this experiential knowledge into creative solutions for our clients.

Our core team has extensive experience and a total commitment to client success.  We also partner with an extended team of associates to create the right team for each engagement.

Stephen Horan, PhD is the founding President and CEO of Community Health Solutions, bringing more than 25 years of professional experience to each client and project. Under Steve’s leadership Community Health Solutions has helped hundreds of organizations achieve better results through effective strategy and practice. Individually, Steve has been an advisor to consumer groups, nonprofit organizations, corporations, foundations, and public sector leaders. This broad perspective informs Steve’s ability to connect policy to strategy and practice.

Terry Laine, MS, PCMH CCE is the Operations Manager and a Senior Consultant at Community Health Solutions.  Terry brings more than 25 years of professional experience to CHS projects. Terry offers distinctive expertise in the areas of quality improvement, integrated care development; patient centered medical home development, knowledge management, innovation support, collaboration support, and leadership development.  Terry completed IHI’s Breakthrough Series College, and is a NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert (PCMH CCE). She holds a Master of Science Degree from James Madison University.

Sherrina Gibson is a Manager at Community Health Solutions.  In this capacity, Sherrina leads projects focused on analytics, community needs assessment and strategy development. Sherrina offers more than ten years of experience and distinctive expertise in data development, data visualization, mapping, strategic analytics, strategy design, survey analysis and program evaluation. Sherrina is also a NCQA Patient-Centered Medical Home Certified Content Expert (PCMH CCE).

Over 20 years we have developed and tested dozens of tools that we can apply to generate insights and solve challenges. We draw from this toolkit to develop tailored supports for community strategy and organizational strategy.

  • Community Strategy
    • Community health needs assessment
    • Community mapping
    • Community location analysis
    • Community data analysis
    • Community surveys
    • Community interviews
    • Community insight analysis (qualitative)
    • Community meeting facilitation
    • Community strategy design
    • Community collaboration portals
    • Community program design
    • Community program evaluation
    • Community impact analysis
    • Public policy analysis
  • Organizational Strategy
    • Strategic planning
    • Design thinking methods
    • Collaborative learning methods
    • Quality improvement methods
    • Patient centered medical home
    • Chronic care improvement
    • Integrated oral health and primary care
    • Integrated behavioral health and primary care
    • Clinical-community connections
    • Collaborative learning methods
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