How Do You Make an Impact in Healthcare? You Get a Damn Good Chief Impact Officer!

June 24, 2024
Brian Urban


As healthcare challenges become more complex, the role of a chief impact officer in healthcare systems is gaining unprecedented importance. Healthcare Rethink Host Brian Urban explores the growing significance of this role with Lorena Zimmer, the Chief Impact Officer at Denver Health.

From her early days as a tobacco program specialist to her current position at Denver Health, Zimmer’s career trajectory exemplifies the evolving landscape of healthcare leadership. She shares insights into her work at Denver Health, the significance of addressing social determinants of health, and the impact of strategic partnerships in improving community health outcomes.

Zimmer highlights innovative approaches, such as mobile health units and school-based health centers, that Denver Health employs to enhance community health. She also underscores the significance of strategic partnerships in tackling issues like food insecurity and housing instability. Through these efforts, Zimmer and her team strive to provide accessible, equitable care and improve overall health outcomes in the community.

Key Episode Takeaways:

  • Zimmer’s role as Chief Impact Officer at Denver Health provides a crucial link in integrating health equity into the organization’s strategic initiatives, focusing on social determinants of health, and fostering community partnerships.
  • Effective collaborations with local organizations are vital in addressing broader health issues such as food insecurity and housing instability.
  • Mobile health units and school-based health centers exemplify Denver Health’s commitment to accessible and equitable healthcare.

Looking ahead, Zimmer envisions a more integrated healthcare model that prioritizes mental health, addresses social needs, and adapts to emerging public health challenges.

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