Common Table Health Alliance: Backbone for the Healthy Shelby Partnership


The Common Table Health Alliance is a regional health improvement collaborative and an Aligning Forces for Quality Community. In 2011, the Shelby County Mayor, Memphis City Mayor, and the four major health systems engaged the Common Table Health Alliance as the backbone organization for the Healthy Shelby Partnership, which is one of the key pillars of Memphis Fast Forward, a broad-based collective impact initiative. Healthy Shelby connects social service agencies with the health care system to jointly address the social determinants of health. Common Table Health Alliance has implemented evidence-based and best practices, used social media, employed education programs, coordinated partner engagement, and is tracking 12 measures. Successful programs include a safe sleep campaign and a community hypertension registry. The goal is to improve the health rankings of Memphis and Shelby County. Healthy Shelby has received core funding from the Baptist Memorial Health Care, Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare, Region One Health and Saint Francis Hospital, city and county governments, and grants from the United Way and Medtronic. To read more about this innovative program, see this brief summary [link].