Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement

About this Project

The Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement (ARCHI) is an interdisciplinary, coalition working to transform the region’s health through a collaborative approach to community health assessments and improvement strategies. The collaborative envisions an environment where interests, incentives, and investments are aligned to generate and sustain a healthy population and a vibrant economy for all.

ARCHI utilizes a distributed approach to advancing its agenda, where members are encouraged, supported, and recognized for aligning decisions and activities with ARCHI’s identified priorities within their spheres of influence. ARCHI’s priorities were determined through the use of the ReThink Health system dynamics model, which identified encouraging healthy behaviors, increasing pathways to advantage for families and students, increasing care coordination, and expanding health insurance coverage. ARCHI plans to finance initiatives targeting these priorities through global payment, capture and reinvest, expanded insurance coverage, and an innovation fund as key to improving health in the region. These priorities were combined by members into what they called the Atlanta Transformation scenario.

The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) was one of the initial conveners in 2012 of what would become ARCHI. Representatives from the Atlanta Regional Commission, the United Way, and GHPC initially met to discuss how community benefit efforts and collective impact could be used to address the region’s health disparities. The three organizations continue serve on the executive leadership team, which provides strategic direction for the collaborative as well as ongoing organizational and backbone support. GHPC works with the other executive leadership members and the ARCHI steering committee to nurture regional and community-level alignment with ARCHI’s priorities. GHPC aids in articulating and promoting ARCHI’s vision, community-level alignment, project management, community benefit assessments, as well as designing meetings and convening stakeholders meetings.

An ARCHI overview from the Atlanta Regional Commission.

Meet the Researchers

Kathryn Lawler

Executive Director

M.P.P., Harvard University
B.A., University of Notre Dame


Kathryn Lawler serves as the first executive director for the Atlanta Regional Collaborative for Health Improvement (ARCHI). She brings experience in the development and implementation of cross-sector interventions to address complex social issues.

ARCHI is a collaborative founded by the United Way, Atlanta Regional Commission, and the Georgia Health Policy Center. As an interdisciplinary… more »

Kristi Fuller

Assistant Project Director

M.S.W., University of Michigan
B.S.W., University of Georgia


Kristi Fuller is an assistant program director at the Georgia Health Policy Center. Her areas of expertise are in aging and disability policy, long-term services and supports, and health workforce.

Current projects include a partnership with the Georgia Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services to develop a strategic plan that establishes a… more »

Robyn Bussey

Research Associate II

MBA, M.H.A., Georgia State University
B.S., Florida A&M University


Robyn Bussey is a research associate at the Georgia Health Policy Center. She brings experience in community engagement and meeting design and facilitation.

Bussey works on a variety of projects including those related to public health program evaluation and strategic planning, community health needs assessments, and community benefit. She has worked on community health… more »

Karen Minyard


Ph.D., Georgia State University
M.N., Medical College of Georgia
B.N., University of Virginia


Karen Minyard, Ph.D., has been director of the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) since 2001 and is also a research professor with the Department of Public Management and Policy. Minyard connects the research, policy, and programmatic work of the center across issue areas including population health, health philanthropy, public and private health coverage, and the… more »