Collaborative Ventures Network


To foster collaborative business activities which enhance Community Health Centers’ individual abilities to serve their communities to meet the needs of Arizona’s uninsured, underinsured and underserved.



Primary Care Informatics

Clinical, operational and financial data monitoring, analysis and aggregation, both by the health center and in the aggregate, for value-based performance reporting.


Messenger Model Contracting

Assistance in the review and messaging of contract terms and conditions essential to value-based purchasing and health center financial sustainability.


Health Center Controlled Network

Health centers advancing health information exchange and technology-enabled quality improvement strategies for effectiveness, efficiency and value.

CVN History

CHC Collaborative Ventures dba Collaborative Ventures Network (CVN) was organized in 1997 as an Arizona not-for-profit integrated services network under guidelines consistent with the Affiliation Policies of the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) Bureau of Primary Health Care. Since that time it has sought and pursued appropriate opportunities to fulfill its corporate purpose of promoting and facilitating the development and delivery of culturally accessible, geographically available and economically accessible Community-Based quality health care.

As CVN has evolved over time, it has become critically important for its members to foster and facilitate collaboration in:

  • Developing generally accepted policies and procedures related to clinical guidelines, care coordination, and population health management that promote quality and cost effectiveness in the delivery of integrated health care services;
  • Enhancing value-based care delivered through community health centers, emphasizing medical/behavioral/oral health care integration, utilization management, case management, quality improvement, and patient satisfaction; and
  • Implementing health information technology (HIT), including the adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) and population health management tools that can provide actionable data, aggregate and compare performance, and provide clinical/quality results reporting for patients served in Health Center communities.

In July 2019 the Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) awarded CVN its second three-year Health Center Controlled Network (HCCN) grant.   To further emphasize the shared objectives of the health centers participating in this grant project, CVN has named this group Healthy Communities Collaborative Network. Currently there are 26 health centers, serving patients across 242 sites in Arizona and Nevada, participating in the HCCN Project. The purpose of the HCCN grant is to support HRSA’s strategic goals by assisting health centers to leverage health information technology to increase participation in value-based care.

In October 2016, the Board of Directors authorized the offering of Participating Provider Agreements for CVN’s clinically integrated network thereby launching the development of its statewide patient-centered primary care network, Healthy Arizona Network.

CVN also has had a long-standing relationship with the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers (AACHC), the state’s primary care association since 1985. AACHC and CVN leverage resources, including subject matter experts, education, and peer networking. An Administrative Services Agreement (ASA) between AACHC and CVN supports additional economies through shared space, HIT and software licensing, office functionality, and the cross-utilization of personnel.

CVN Governance

CVN’s corporate membership is comprised of nineteen (18) community-based, nonprofit or public, primary health care organizations operating in Arizona. In accordance with its Bylaws, CVN is governed by a Board of Directors, comprised of one representative of each Member organization and the President of the AACHC Board of Directors. The CVN Board of Directors has the responsibility for fulfilling the company’s mission, developing business strategy, and providing oversight of CVN management.

CVN Board of Directors

  • Adelante Healthcare – Pedro Cons, Chief Executive Officer
  • Canyonlands Healthcare – Christopher Hansen, Chief Executive Officer 
  • Chiricahua Community Health Centers, Inc. – Jonathan Melk, MD Chief Executive Officer
  • Circle the City – Linda Ross, Chief Executive Officer
  • Community Health Center of Yavapai – Sharon Rickman, Director
  • Copper Queen Medical Associates – Robert Seamon, Chief Executive Officer
  • Desert Senita Community Health Center – Jonathan Leonard, Chief Executive Officer (CVN Board Vice-President)
  • El Rio Community Health Center – Nancy Johnson, Chief Executive Officer
  • Mariposa Community Health Center – Ed Sicurello, Chief Executive Officer 
  • MHC Healthcare – Clint Kuntz, Chief Executive Officer (CVN Board President)
  • Mountain Park Health Center – John Swagert, MD, Chief Executive Officer
  • Native Health – Walter Murillo, Chief Executive Officer (CVN Board Secretary)
  • North Country HealthCare – Anne Newland, MD, Chief Executive Officer
  • Sun Life Family Health Center – Travis Robinette, Chief Executive Officer (CVN Board Treasurer)
  • Sunset Community Health Center – David Rogers, Chief Executive Officer (CVN Board Immediate Past President)
  • United Community Health Center – Maria Auxiliadora, Inc. – Rodolfo Jimenez, DO, Chief Executive Officer
  • Valle del Sol – Carmen Heredia, Chief Executive Officer
  • Wesley Community Center – Blaine Bandi, Chief Administrative Officer
  • Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers, Shawn Frick, Chief Executive Officer

CVN Leadership

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Lisa Nieri

Interim President and Chief Executive Officer

The CEO provides day-to-day direction to CVN’s management team in all activities related to CVN’s integrated services network, including clinical integration and any external grant funding for projects. The CEO is an ex officio member of the Board of Directors and both the Executive and Quality/Clinical Management Committees of the Board.


Lindsay Dietz

Director of Program Services

The Director of Program Services has responsibility for providing oversight to all components of member, operations, and network management for CVN, including administration of network-shared support services, all grant related activities, and other initiatives to leverage the use of health information technology and analytics for value-based care.

Why Join – Collaborative Ventures Network

Community Health Centers provide all patients access to high quality primary health care and, as a corporate member of CVN, share in its mission to foster collaborative business activities that advance value-based care. Joining CVN as a corporate member provides a health center the following benefits:

  • Equal representation and voting rights on the CVN Board of Directors
  • Oversight of the development of collaborative business activities, including both grant- and self-funded integrated shared services
  • Assistance with third-party payor contracting through the CVN Messenger Model
  • Access to Arizona primary care comparative data, analysis and reporting, including clinical measures and quality indicators

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