A Regional Integrated Transformation Zone (RITZ) is a community of service providers who are committed to better health outcomes and a higher quality of life for underserved and high-risk patient populations.

As a first of its kind initiative developed by the Alliance for Integrated Medication Management (AIMM), a RITZ is a strategic response to vulnerabilities in medication management systems nationwide. 

Appropriate use of medications is the thread that ties everything together, linking health care and desired health outcomes. If the medications are not right, not working, or patients are unable to manage their medications, then the healthcare problems will not be solved. 

What’s the problem? 

Imagine for a minute you are someone who is in physical and emotional pain. You suffer from multiple chronic conditions. You have over a dozen medications to manage daily on top of the pressure to maintain your life’s most basic necessities like shelter and nutrition. 

One medication you take is insulin but you often do not have access to refrigeration in a clean and secured location, to safely store your mediation. You are on the road 10+ hours a day for your job and commuting and your alternative is to keep your insulin at home and take it when you get a chance, not necessarily as your doctor has directed you to take it. Sometimes you forget to take it. 

People are in crisis in our communities. Across the country, there are pockets of people for whom the healthcare delivery system does not work. 

What’s the solution? 

Each community has the resources and relationships needed to solve the problems at hand. When organized and mobilized, each community can collectively define and address the problem as it uniquely exists for their residents. In every community there are organizations and people ready to lead and convene an optimal medication coordinated care service. 

Every community can form a Regional Integrated Transformation Zone, or RITZ, to support their most vulnerable and underserved populations.  

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Who’s in a RITZ community? 

When these stakeholders work together with a framework and method to fill the gaps in the local medication care coordination, greater health equality is achieved:

  • Conveners: Community organizations that unite people
  • Payers: Insurance companies and government organizations underwrite patient care costs
  • Providers: Medical, health, and social service professionals who care for patients
  • Patients: Caregivers, social workers and/or other advocates that represent the voice of a patient
  • Partners and Sponsors: Individuals or organizations that fund start-up costs