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a unique opportunity to finally bend the curve down on health costs, while improving the jobs of health care professionals & the lives of millions of Americans

You may be a health plan or provider or self-insured employer—wondering how we are ever going to get a handle on ever-earlier and ever-more widespread chronic health conditions. And on related sky-high, ever-increasing health care costs, insurance premiums & deductibles, etc etc…

And you may be concerned that care time & quality are continually being pushed down, due in significant part to high chronic disease prevalence & related cost pressures—contributing to increased health workplace stress and employee burnout & turnover…

If you are a senior executive in the health sector: 

  • How much longer will you be able to pass costs on to someone else & remain viable?
  • How much more stress can your health care professionals endure?
  • And what becomes of the quality of care your organization provides—and of the health of us all?
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There is increasing recognition that the status quo, with occasional so-called “reforms” that never seem to move the main needle, cannot continue much longer.

(Yes, we have “kicked the can down the road” for 50+ years—but each new kick is getting more painful, isn’t it?)

Healthy Future US partners with you to have impact at a very large scale. We measure success in the millions of lives—and ask to be held accountable for empowering millions of children over time to improve their health—with on-going health improvements & cost savings well into adulthood.

We achieve this through an unprecedented combination of state- and eventually nation-wide policy, program, & self-funding systems change.

The benefits for health organizations are unique & compelling.

Rapid Payback: High ROI for Health & Other Stakeholders

We have completed ROI analyses by stakeholder group—including the legislature/state budget; private health insurers & major self-insured employers; AHCCCS/Medicaid; and the broader public—including families, businesses & the economy.

These show that each group should expect at least a 10x ROI for its expected investment, assuming a roughly 1/3-1/3-1/3 “matching” co-investment. This investment ramps up over time to approximately $300M/year per stakeholder group. And approximately half of the ROI happens in childhood and young adulthood—with full payback within approximately 10-15 years of rolling out Healthy Students Healthy State; and with future decades providing increasing ROI, as typical adult chronic disease is postponed, reduced in severity or completely prevented.

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Potential health cost savings are based on actual savings from increased physical activity, fitness, and healthier nutrition, based on peer-reviewed research evidence, government data, the outcomes of effective programs in schools, and with related estimates by Healthy Future US.  [More details are available on how these savings are calculated, including in the above Note link and in our slide deck.  Mental health treatment prevention & savings would reduce our health costs even more beyond this.]

Imagine how much lower private health plan costs would be, if chronic condition prevalence was 20% lower? This is our target for Healthy Students Healthy State.  And we have compelling evidence that we can get there.

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We are asking both self-insured major employers and third-party privately insured other employers and their employees to support paying a small amount more each year for whole-population prevention: into the Healthy Students Healthy State K-12 Prevention Fund.

And you as private organizations only provide about 1/3 of the total, and decide on how the cost is allocated between plans, providers & subscribers.  The rest is matched by the legislature and Medicaid/AHCCCS. (AHCCCS can provide funding through Medicaid waivers with the federal government (CMS), and in other ways.)

10x ROI/Impact for Stakeholders

For health-related funders, our systemic, evidence-based approaches provide 10x or more Payback/ROI, from prevention-based health cost savings. (And the first part of that  ROI happens quite rapidly, in adolescence and early adulthood.)

But to help very large numbers of people, practically & cost-effectively, and to maximize impact for the most people—we need investments in large-scale, cross-sector, multi-level systems change—and for children’s health, that means investing much more through schools.

And we expect all health-related funders to continue investing, utilizing at least some of their savings to help sustain the impact.

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Continual Accountability for Results

The success of Healthy Students Healthy State gets demonstrated on a regular basis:

  • by physical and health education teachers measuring each student’s on-going student physical activity and other health-related metrics, with parental opt-out options; outcomes can be cost-effectively monitored in a confidential privacy-protected manner and with parental permission—with no individually identifiable data leaving schools, only aggregated de-identified data for an entire grade or school.
  • and also by calculating annually estimated aggregated medical cost savings (and eventually employee productivity & GDP improvements), including utilizing aggregated clinical data from AHCCCS/Medicaid, large health care providers, and private plans—without any individually identifiable data leaving the family’s health care provider or plan.

School metrics and clinical health outcomes will start improving during the first year and continue to improve dramatically, as Healthy Students Healthy State is implemented in local schools, and as continuous improvements are made and spread to other schools.

And 1000x ROI/Impact from HFUS Capacity-building

Some health organizations may invest earlier—by helping to expand Healthy Future US’s work, as a co-founder and co-leader with us of Healthy Students Healthy State.

Healthy Future US is currently building toward an organizational budget of $1.5M/year.

We estimate that this will allow us, over approximately five years, to develop $500M-$1B/year in new sustainable money from major stakeholder groups into schools, for preventive health & wellness education—in our first state.

This adds up to more than a 1000x ROI, from financial support for Healthy Future US capacity-building—because relatively small amounts of early “philanthropic” giving lead to major annual recurring public-private investments.

(Voter initiative campaigns would be costs in addition to this, but would likely only be needed once or twice per state—and monies to fund them would be solicited separately, once ready for a particular initiative.  The capacity-building monies will help us figure out, if & when an initiative is needed. 

Given the potential for high legislative and stakeholder-funder cooperation, including referrals to the ballot by the legislature, instead of having to collect voter signatures via statewide petitions, the amount required for voter initiatives could be limited.)

We estimate that implementing our school-based strategies will save $5B/year in medical costs, and increase economic productivity & family disposable income by an additional $5-10B/year, in a state such as Arizona with 7-8 million people.

(Given how widespread our nation’s health issues are:  You can use that same ROI ratio for almost any state, with the total investment needed and savings expected scaling up or down proportionally, based on that state’s population relative to Arizona’s 7-8 million residents.)

In summary: $500M-$1B/year in investment in Healthy Students Healthy State then results in at least $5-10B/year in savings & GDP growth, in Arizona or states of similar size.

This brings the total ROI on capacity-building investment into the 3000-7000x range [$1.5M/yr → $5-10B+/yr].  We take a more conservative approach by estimating at least 1000x ROI for investments in Healthy Future US’s capacity.

Mutual Conditional Commitment

“Conditional commitment” means that Healthy Future US and Healthy Students Healthy State must make significant progress, in order to expect your health organization to continue to invest in our work.

You hold us accountable, and you decide if we have made enough progress to justify your additional financial support.

But as long as we are making adequate progress, we can count on you for a certain minimum amount of money to help sustain our work.

Frankly, if we don’t have a long-term commitment by our co-founding donor-investors, we won’t have the cash on our balance sheet to be able to hire and retain the people we need to make this happen.

Next Steps

If you think that is a lot to ask, let’s talk about it. If you have gotten this far in reviewing our work, we are clearly striking a chord with you. So let’s discuss how we can partner to make major sustainable improvements in our country together.

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One quick easy step that you can take now to help us is to fill out our Contact form.

When you fill out the Contact form, you can specify if & how you want us to follow up with you.

Another thing you can do is to encourage your own health organization, and your own personal network of colleagues in health care, to support Healthy Students Healthy State.

Please copy a link to this webpage to text to them;
or forward this webpage via email.

Here are other links you can copy & paste to text or email; or click to create an email now:

About Healthy Future US – click to Email now
Healthy Students Healthy State – Overview & Details – click to Email now

Thank you very much for taking the time to review our work.  Working together, we can make a better world for future generations!