100 Million People Living Healthier Lives Worldwide

From its start in 2014 to its completion in 2020, the 100 Million Healthier Lives (100MLives) global movement fundamentally transformed the way the world thinks and acts about health, well-being, and equity.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) convened the 100MLives initiative, funded in part by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, with the audacious goal of helping 100 million people worldwide live healthier lives.

By choosing a goal that no one organization could achieve alone, together hundreds of partners committed to unprecedented collaboration, a humble spirit of learning, innovation and improvement, and systemic change to contribute to a Culture of Health.

Interconnected and grounded in partnership at every level, the 100MLives initiative expanded from 35 partners reaching about 35 million people in the US to reaching 500 million people globally in 30 countries.

Using a unique approach to cross-sector collaboration, 100MLives creatively addressed the social determinants of health and well-being. The initiative focused on building capability and capacity by partnering with people with lived experience of inequity as leaders to co-design, co-implement, and co-evaluate change. 100MLives partners accelerated progress over the initiative’s six years by testing frameworks, approaches, and skills through training, coaching, support, and resource sharing.

Centered on equity and shared power, the 100MLives initiative resulted in a shift in culture and mindset that revolutionized how we work together to scale and sustain equitable outcomes.

The lessons learned from 100MLives continue to inform our partners’ efforts and inspire IHI’s commitment to patients, the health care workforce, and society.

100 Million Healthier Lives: Case Studies from Around the Globe

100MLives_Case-Studies-from-Around-the-Globe_COVER.jpgThese case studies feature 10 organizations that implemented the Community of Solutions framework to shift their cultures, identify root causes of inequity, find new allies, and make progress toward improving health, well-being, and equity in their communities.




Using the Community of Solutions Framework to Create a Culture of Health and Well-Being

Listen to an audio recording in which Shannon Welch and Tricia Zahn from 100MLives share their experiences using the Community of Solutions Framework to create a culture of health and well-being; build capacity for measuring progress; spread and scale proof points; and connect technology and other supports to navigate to the things that work and adapt as needed.

100 Million Healthier Lives Change Library

The 100 Million Healthier Lives Change Library includes changes that did (and did not) work to improve health, well-being, and equity; tools; transformation stories; and replicable “bright spots” shared by 100MLives members across the world.

Leadership Insights Video Series

The Leadership Insights video series features conversations with 100MLives partners and population and public health experts, who recount lessons learned and “fail forward" experiences from the initiative.