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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.

Contact Eileen Salinsky for more information about our programming in this area.

Issue 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.

July 2019

The Public Health Funder Network (PHFN) invites you to participate in an exciting program at the American Public Health Association 2019 Annual Meeting & Expo convening November 2 – 6, 2019 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The PHFN program will run November 4 - 5. The PHFN is a community of grantmakers, donors, and APHA members who recognize that philanthropy serves an important role in the improvement of population health outcomes and the overall health of communities. The goal of the PHFN is to promote a cross-sector approach to solving complex public health challenges by networking and sharing best practices. The PHFN places a special focus on philanthropy as a catalyst to drive change through innovative strategies and partnerships with local communities and stakeholders.

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Most Recent Publications

Previously Published Strategic Thinking


  • 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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