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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Nemours and AcademyHealth have released a series of six “how to” briefs illustrating how states can use existing Medicaid authority to finance innovative upstream prevention. An Executive Summary provides highlights of the six briefs and compiles lessons learned that emerged from three states—Maryland, Oregon, and Washington—as they developed or implemented upstream prevention strategies using Medicaid funds. Nemours received funding to provide technical assistance to the states through AcademyHealth’s Payment Reform for Population Health initiative, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
The American Public Health Association (APHA) is hosting the webinar, "Gun Violence a Public Health Issue: Effective Messaging" on May 1st. The webinar will share evidence-based research that validates a public health approach.
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Public-Private Collaboration to Catalyze Adoption of Evidence-Based Practices
May 10, 2018
Kate Treanor, Grantmakers In Health
Violence Is Preventable
March 9, 2018
Eileen Salinsky, Grantmakers In Health
Hospital Anchor Mission and Community Health: Implications for Health Funders
January 19, 2018
Monica Brown, Health Foundation for Western and Central New York
Susie Lee, Potomac Health Foundation
Yanique Redwood, PhD, Consumer Health Foundation
Elizabeth Ripley, Mat-Su Health Foundation
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.