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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A recent report from the Trust for America’s Health reveals that the United States public health system has been chronically underfunded for decades, putting Americans at risk for preventable health problems and serious epidemics. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the report finds that only 3 percent of the $3.36 trillion in annual federal, state, and local healthcare spending is directed to public health.
From 2011-2016, The Health Foundation of Central Massachusetts provided $1.9 million for the Worcester Initiative for Supported Reentry (WISR) project administered by Advocates, Inc. in collaboration with Worcester Superior Court Probation, Worcester County Sheriff's Office, Mass Department of Correction, Mass Parole Board (Region 4), Worcester District Court Probation, Dismas House, and the Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center.
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Ending Mass Incarceration is a Public Health Imperative
October 12, 2016
David Cloud, Vera Institute of Justice and a Ph.D. student at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University
Foundations’ Roles in Addressing Tobacco Use
August 25, 2016
Jessica Hembree, M.P.A., Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City
Matthew Kuhlenbeck, M.H.A., Missouri Foundation for Health
Jeffrey Willett, Ph.D., Kansas Health Foundation
How Much Do Healthy Communities Cost?
July 21, 2015
Nancy O. Andrews, Low Income Investment Fund
Featured ResourcePopulation 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.
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.
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.
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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