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“Health is not the absence of disease but the addition of confidence, skills, knowledge, and connection. But most importantly, it is simply a means to an end — which is a joyful, meaningful life.”  — Cristin Lind

With a deep understanding that health care plays only one small part in an individual’s overall health, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) broadened its mission and added a core piece of strategy to focus on health and the social determinants that impact one’s health. 

IHI began work on a global initiative to help move health to the forefront in cultures and communities. This initiative evolved and is now named 100 Million Healthier Lives for its ambitious goal: 100 million people living healthier lives by 2020. The initiative is an unprecedented collaboration of change agents pursuing this unprecedented result toward better health. Learn more about the history of this initiative.​ 

With the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative, IHI employs our expertise as a respected innovator, partner, convener and driver of results. For the initiative as a whole, IHI is serving as a convener, helping to bring people together across sectors to achieve a goal no one organization could ever achieve alone. Rather than leading this effort alone, IHI is providing operational support to the global initiative and partnering with leaders and experts from hundreds of other organizations to improve health in partnership with many other organization, such as the Center for Courage and Renewal, Communities Joined in Action, the Public Health Institute, Community Commons, and many others. 

IHI is drawing on many of its projects to share learnings and to lend results to that will roll up to the global goal of achieving 100 million healthier lives by 2020.