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.
Contact Eileen Salinsky for more information about our programming in this area.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has awarded a $1.5 million grant to the JUST Capital Foundation to ensure population health considerations are appropriately incorporated into the JUST index. The index systematically analyzes and ranks the performance of the largest publicly traded corporations in the country on key issues related to the prosperity and well-being of Americans.
The Blue Shield of California Foundation recently released a survey that explored Californians’ views on sexism, inequality, and domestic violence. The survey also examined the individual and political actions Californians are willing to take to address domestic violence.
An Invitation to Innovation: Better Grantmaking, Better Care, Better Outcomes for Vulnerable Populations and CommunitiesJanuary 30, 2018 • La Jolla, California - West Health Institute
This immersive, one-day, funders-only workshop offering an important opportunity to explore evidence-based innovations and models of care that improve health equity and champion system transformation addressing critical social determinants of health.
June 20, 2018 • Chicago, Illinois
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Building Bridges, Eliminating Walls: Why Philanthropy Should Care about Domestic Violence
September 13, 2017
Lucia Corral Pena, Blue Shield of California Foundation
A Flexible Model for Investing in Healthy Community Transformation
July 13, 2017
Joanne Lee, Active Living By Design
Jaime Love, Interact for Health
Bronwyn Starr, New York State Health Foundation
Risa Wilkerson, Active Living By Design
Domestic Violence: A Public Health Priority
July 13, 2017
Eileen Salinsky, Grantmakers In Health
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.