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Population Health

Population health is a framework that brings together health care delivery systems, public health agencies, and community organizations to improve health. Grantmakers have long invested in health promotion and disease prevention; what is different about the population health framework is that it seeks to create and sustain linkages in a unified system, where responsibility is shared and accountability is diffuse. Philanthropy can provide catalytic funding to these efforts, and GIH is well-positioned to point foundations to promising models that advance this work.

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Issue Spotlight

Spotlight
September 2019


Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and The John A. Hartford Foundation have developed the “Framework for Creating Age-Friendly Public Health Systems,” which describes five key roles that the 3,000 public health departments across the country could fulfill to address the challenges and opportunities an aging society presents. TFAH and Hartford are partnering to spread this model nationwide and will soon be offering training and support to help state and local health departments become Age-Friendly Public Health agencies.


Spotlight
August 2019


The Funders Forum on Accountable Health has published a series of case studies examining different accountable health models to better understand the key implementation challenges and opportunities they face. Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) are community-based partnerships formed across sectors to focus on a shared vision and responsibility for the health of the community. They pursue an integrated approach to health that focuses not only on the clinical setting, but also on how the broader community can support health care's "Triple Aim" of better care for individuals, better health for populations, and lower health care costs. The Funders Forum interviewed leadership from ten ACH sites in order to better understand the various approaches to governance structure, portfolio of interventions, investments in technology, funding sustainability strategies, and anticipated short- and long-term outcomes of their ACH efforts.


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  • Population Health in the Affordable Care Act Era

    This background paper draws on a scan of the policy, practice, and research environment to identify the distinct but overlapping meanings of population health, identify their commonalities, and suggest a research agenda for the field, especially in the era of health reform.


  • Resource Integrator Role and Functions in Population Health Improvement Initiatives

    Achieving the Triple Aim (better quality of care, better health for populations, and lower costs) is a critical focus of health reform. Improving population health in a geographic area through seeding and funding integrators is one approach to achieving the Triple Aim. This article explores the role of integrators in promoting prevention, health, and wellness, improving quality of care, and reducing health care costs in a sustainable way by working with health care, public health, and other community partners.


  • Resource Investing and Reinvesting in Prevention

    This discussion paper, issued by the Institute of Medicine, proposes a sustainable model for funding prevention strategies. Between 1989 and 2008 California generated $2.4 billion in revenue from cigarette taxes, which was then used to fund tobacco control programs. This investment produced a savings of $134 billion in medical costs, and yielded a 5,500 percent return on investment. Yet, few of these savings have been used to reinvest in additional prevention efforts. The authors propose a model that closes this loop by using taxes, fines, and fees to reduce health care expenditures.


  • Resource Achieving Healthy Communities through Community-Centered Health Systems

    This article charts the evolution of The Kresge Foundation’s programmatic goal of reducing health disparities by promoting population health, specifically addressing the conditions and environments that lead to positive health outcomes for all Americans.



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