New England Collaborative Addresses Four Regional Health Care Concerns
From 1999 to 2004, the New England Public Health and Managed Care Collaborative (the collaborative) brought together the region's six state public health departments, major managed care organizations, the regional office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and Brandeis University in an effort to improve the health of New Englanders.
- Helped four work groups produce recommendations for regional initiatives to address pediatric asthma, adult immunizations, diabetes and tobacco cessation.
- Created a pediatric asthma action plan, produced an asthma toolkit, supported asthma research and worked with other local organizations to disseminate the action plan.
- Promoted information sharing between managed care and public health by hosting forums and meetings on diabetes, tobacco cessation and genetic testing.
- Conducted two evaluations. The University of Massachusetts Medical School's Center for Health Policy and Research, one of the evaluators, found that the collaborative fostered a new level of understanding between managed care and public health by providing a forum for sharing resources and best practices (New England Public Health and Managed Care Collaborative Phase One Evaluation.