WFAW Morning Magazine interviews Fort HealthCare CEO Mike Wallace. Key topic centers around County Health Rankings and community health successes and insights to positioning for future, healthier communities. Moving from a business of healthcare to a business of health, building foundations for future growth. Mike Wallace, President and CEO of Fort HealthCare, said “Leadership at Fort HealthCare is accustomed to planning operations one to three years out, however for the purposes of assessing buildings in this context, we have to look 10 to 20 years out.”
Fort HealthCare changed its mission to improve the health and well-being of the community and its vision to be the healthiest community in Wisconsin. One of the ways this has been measured is through the County Health Rankings, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The annual County Health Rankings help counties recognize what influences the health of residents and how long they will live. Some of the measures include vital health factors, high school graduation rates, obesity, smoking, unemployment, access to healthy foods, the quality of air and water, income, and teen births in nearly every county in America.