Together 2 Goal® Concludes After Five Years of Diabetes Improvement; AMGA campaign meets goal and recognizes high-performing groups

Alexandria, VA – Today marks the final day of AMGA’s Together 2 Goal® campaign, a five-year initiative that achieved improved diabetes care for more than 1 million people nationwide. 

Launched in 2016, Together 2 Goal® challenged leading healthcare organizations to work together to transform diabetes care for Americans across the country. More than 150 medical groups and health systems joined the effort, implementing one or more evidence-based care processes (called “campaign planks”) to drive improvement. Campaign participants reported data on a quarterly basis to measure progress and utilized Together 2 Goal® resources and tools to advance their efforts. To share lessons learned, organizations leveraged monthly campaign webinars, a listserv, case studies, and a peer-to-peer mentorship program.

As part of the campaign’s final close-out activities, the campaign also recognized its 2021 Together 2 Goal® award winners—three high-performing medical groups and health systems that, along with fellow AMGA member organizations, helped Together 2 Goal® exceed its goal of 1 million lives improved. Ballad Health Medical Associates, New West Physicians, P.C., and Valley Medical Group received this year’s final awards for their significant engagement with the campaign and high performance on the campaign measures. Over the course of Together 2 Goal®, these organizations have improved outcomes for their patient populations, resulting in more people with safer ranges for critical diabetes measures, like blood sugar and blood pressure.

“To the more than 150 AMGA member organizations who joined us on this diabetes improvement journey—including our 2021 Together 2 Goal® award winners—I thank you,” said John Kennedy, M.D., AMGA chief medical officer and AMGA Foundation president. “Together, we have moved the needle on combatting one of the nation’s most pressing chronic conditions.” 

“We are thrilled that AMGA members exceeded the goal we embarked upon five years ago,” said Martine Thurin, J.D., M.S., national sales director, Cardiovascular and Metabolism, Janssen Pharmaceuticals Inc., the Presenting Corporate Collaborator for the campaign extension.  “This work has made a difference in the lives of people with Type 2 diabetes, and we are confident AMGA members will continue to improve patient care far into the future.”

Originally scheduled to conclude in 2019, the Together 2 Goal® campaign extended the initiative to run through March 2021. This additional time provided AMGA members the opportunity to hardwire improvements within their organizations, supporting the sustainability of their efforts beyond the campaign’s conclusion. AMGA Foundation will launch its third national campaign, on a topic yet to be announced, in the fall of 2021. 

The corporate collaborators for the campaign’s extension phase include The Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies of Johnson & Johnson (Presenting Corporate Collaborator), Novo Nordisk, Inc. (Founding Corporate Collaborator), Optum (Distinguished Data & Analytics Corporate Collaborator), and Merck (Contributing Corporate Collaborator). Campaign partners and supporting organizations include: American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists, American Association of Diabetes Educators, American College of Physicians, American Diabetes Association, American Kidney Fund, Behavioral Diabetes Institute, DiabetesSisters, Endocrine Society, HealthyWomen, Know Diabetes by HeartTM, Men’s Health Network, National Kidney Fund, and National Minority Cardiovascular Alliance.

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About the Together 2 Goal® Campaign
AMGA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AMGA, launched Together 2 Goal®, a national campaign to fight the challenge of Type 2 diabetes on March 12, 2016. Together 2 Goal® includes more than 150 medical groups, health systems, nonprofit partners, and corporate collaborators such as the American Association of Diabetes Educators, American Diabetes Association, Geisinger, Henry Ford Health System, The Janssen Pharmaceuticals Companies of Johnson & Johnson, Intermountain Healthcare, and Ochsner Health System. The goal of the five-year campaign is to improve care for 1 million people with Type 2 diabetes by 2021. To learn more, visit together2goal.org.

About AMGA Foundation
AMGA Foundation is AMGA’s philanthropic arm that enables medical groups and other organized systems of care to consistently improve health and health care. AMGA Foundation serves as a catalyst, connector, and collaborator for translating the evidence of what works best in improving health and health care in everyday practice. amga.org/foundation.

About AMGA
AMGA is a trade association leading the transformation of health care in America. Representing multispecialty medical groups and integrated systems of care, we advocate, educate, innovate, and empower our members to deliver the next level of high performance health. AMGA is the national voice promoting awareness of our members’ recognized excellence in the delivery of coordinated, high quality, high-value care. More than 175,000 physicians practice in our member organizations, delivering care to one in three Americans. amga.org.

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