At CHS we are distinctive for our deep experience in helping people innovate to build stronger organizations and create healthier communities.

  • At CHS we believe community innovation is the key to solving problems that affect community health and well-being.
  • Community innovation can be defined as a process of engaging community stakeholders in creating sustainable solutions to community problems.
  • Community innovation requires collaboration across organizations and in some cases across sectors.
  • The potential for community innovation depends on strong nonprofits that have the strategic vision and organizational capacity to make a difference.
  • CHS provides strategy support to help people innovate to build stronger organizations and create healthier communities.
  • At CHS we help our client partners use the power of collaboration to accomplish their goals for organizational development and community impact.
  • 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.

Over the past 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.

Learn more about our strategic toolkit.

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.

Visit our Project Gallery for a quick overview of some example projects. 

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.

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