APHA 2012: Conversations on the Future of Health and Health Care

Oct 28, 2012, 2:07 PM

San Francisco Thanks to @CaliforniaWALKS for the great photo!

Inspired by 2012 American Public Health Association (APHA) annual meeting in San Francisco, this week the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is hosting a range of news, commentary and interviews with national thought leaders on what’s needed – and what works – to achieve better health.

RWJF.org will feature a portal to our NewPublicHealth coverage of news from APHA, thought leader interviews and videos around the future of health and health care, and much more.

In this coverage, we'll be highlighting conversations around:

  • Working together across sectors to improve health
  • The role of better data to inform better health
  • Breaking down silos between public health and health care
>>Follow full NewPublicHealth coverage of APHA 2012.
Read below for highlights from RWJF thought leader interviews.


Thought Leader Interviews

Read an interview with Georges Benjamin, Executive Director of APHA, about the benefits of partnership and sharing resources. In the interview, Dr. Benjamin says: 

These are challenging times for all of us, and they are challenging because of real resource limitations and a very complex environment and difficult politics. We are short of money, and a lot of stuff is just moving very quickly. The benefit of partnership is being able to pull together your best minds, share resources, take an effort that everybody thinks is important, and focus it. That makes a big difference in how we improve and promote the public’s health. 


Read a discussion with Brian Gallagher, President and CEO of United Way Worldwideon working together across sectors to create lasting change. In the interview, Gallagher says:

We’ve made some progress, but not yet enough and in enough places. Our partnerships and our strategies need to be bolder. Collaboration must mean truly integrating the expertise and efforts of all sectors—government, non-profits and non-governmental organizations, and business.

Results happen when goals are both shared and public. Shared agendas and shared accountability is critical.  The ultimate goal of ensuring that these elements are present in our strategies is genuine systems change.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.