Pulse Check Surveys

Regional multisector partnerships for health are one of the major means by which stewards across the United States come together to transform the system that produces health and well-being.

So it’s important to know:

  • What is the nature of the work stewards do in these partnerships?
  • How does stewards’ multisector partnership work develop over time? How do they advance their work?
  • What barriers to advancement do they face?
  • How do stewards finance their multisector partnership work?

ReThink Health took on these questions in our 2016 Pulse Check Survey. Before that, in 2014, we took on the first question (after confirming that stewards were indeed creating partnerships of this nature). In 2020, we’ll conduct a third survey (check back here, or subscribe to our eblasts, for details). Since stewards’ work is emergent, we do our best to get some longitudinal data while allowing space to begin capturing how the work evolves.

ReThinkers’ Blog Posts Highlighting 2016 Pulse Check Results


Seeking Insights from Partnerships that Advance Health

In this cross post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Blog, RWJF Program Officer Emmy Ganos highlights some regional cross-sector collaborations from across the country that are making an impa…


New ReThink Health Report Takes the Pulse of Multisector Partnerships Across the Country

Learn the basics of the three major phases of multisector partnership development we identified from the results of our Pulse Check survey, and what characterizes each phase.


2016 Pulse Check Survey Findings

These results shaped the development of ReThink Health’s Pathway and Essential Practices by illuminating the characteristics of regional multisector partnerships. The survey explored the following questions: What is t…


How Funders, Policymakers, and Other Allies Can Bolster Multisector Partnerships

Here are four tips distilled from what we learned from our 2016 Pulse Check survey about how allies can help multisector partnerships succeed.


Understanding Multisector Partnerships for Health: The Basics

Some of the key characteristics of the multisector partnerships that responded to our 2016 Pulse Check survey, including their status, scope, and greatest challenges.


Moving Beyond the ‘Where Do I Get My Next Grant?’ Mindset: What We Learned About Sustainable Financing from the Pulse Check

We share findings from the 2016 Pulse Check survey around financing. Do stewards have financial plans? What do they need to fund? What sustainable financing options are they exploring?


The Universal Difficulty (But Not Impossibility) of Sharing Data

This guest blog shares some strategies for overcoming common pitfalls when it comes to stewards arranging data-sharing agreements with partners, based on the experiences of Alison Rein of Academy Health and Peter Ecka…


Developing Mature Partnerships to Meet the Challenges of Our Time

Learn about the factors that help and hinder the momentum of multisector partnerships and their efforts to transform health and well-being, as revealed in our Pulse Check survey. What skills do stewards need at the st…


How Multisector Health Partnerships Evolve

In this cross post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Blog, RWJF Program Officer Emmy Ganos breaks down the three distinct phases of multisector partnerships identified in the analysis of resu…