Intrepid Ascent Joins Civitas Networks for Health

For Immediate Release 

Intrepid Ascent Joins Civitas Networks for Health

Intrepid Ascent is a consulting firm committed to improving health outcomes one community at a time through effective data sharing and use.

Berkeley, CA – May 31, 2022 – Intrepid Ascent today announced it has joined Civitas Networks for Health, the largest national network of its kind. Civitas is comprised of member organizations working to use health information exchange, health data and multi-stakeholder, cross-sector approaches to improve health. Intrepid Ascent guides communities across the United States in identifying, adopting, and integrating technology tools to advance holistic care and health equity.

“As a longstanding participant in SHIEC conferences and events, we are excited to solidify our relationship with Civitas,” said Mark Elson, CEO of Intrepid Ascent. “Just as SHIEC evolved through joining forces with NRHI, Intrepid’s focus has broadened over the past five years from health information exchange to broader community collaboration and the data infrastructure needed to support it. We look forward to engaging with Civitas and its members at this moment of tremendous opportunity for our field.”

“Civitas Networks for Health is excited to have Intrepid Ascent join our national network,” said Civitas CEO Lisa Bari. “We are raising the voices of local health collaboratives and those providing critical services to support health transformation. We feel that Intrepid Ascent’s innovative work at the intersection of health and social services sectors closely aligns with our mission and goals.”

About Intrepid Ascent
Intrepid Ascent guides its clients through the terrain of digital transformation toward elevated community health. Engagements are led by one of its three Groups, with resources from the other two typically included to form an interdisciplinary team:

  • The Technology Strategy Group generates value through the entire technology adoption lifecycle: assessing needs and capabilities, architecting design options, managing procurements, and overseeing implementations – frequently bridging between communities and their multiple vendor partners.
  • The Policy Innovation Group provides insight to establish trust, transparency, and a problem-solving mentality at the heart of policy design and implementation – with industry-leading expertise on the application of data governance frameworks in cross-sector data sharing environments.
  • The Community Change Group utilizes design thinking, stakeholder engagement, change management, and quality improvement methods to guide technology design and adoption from the perspective of individual users and overall community impact – putting people at the center of transformation to improve health and social outcomes.

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About Civitas Networks for Health 

Civitas Networks for Health is a mission- and member-driven organization dedicated to using health information exchange, health data and multi-stakeholder, cross-sector approaches to improve health. It was formed in October 2021 with the affiliation of the Strategic Health Information Exchange Collaborative (SHIEC) and the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI). Civitas Networks for Health counts more than one hundred regional and statewide health information exchanges (HIEs), regional health improvement collaboratives (RHICs), quality improvement organizations (QIOs) and all-payer claims databases (APCDs) as well as more than 50 affiliated organizations as members and reaches approximately 95 percent of the United States population. To learn more, please visit