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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

Spotlight
April 2019


The de Beaumont Foundation has announced a partnership with the American Academy for Pediatrics to create an action agenda to reduce gun injuries and deaths among children. A summit will bring together pediatricians, other healthcare providers, public health leaders, business executives, city and community leaders, and researchers to identify practical policies that effectively promote gun safety and violence prevention. After reviewing the research and identifying examples of successful solutions in prevention and intervention, the initiative will develop an action agenda with practical tools for medical and public health professionals, parents, schools, and other community sectors.


Spotlight
April 2019


Is your organization part of a local partnership that is sharing data with other sectors to improve individual or community health? If so, consider participating in the National Inventory of Data Sharing Collaborations for Health, a nationwide survey conducted by Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) on behalf of All In: Data for Community Health. Contributions will inform a national analysis of community partnerships that are systematically sharing data across sectors to drive population health improvement. The results will highlight opportunities to advance a common agenda that can help support and expand this crucial work.


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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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