For the Public's Health

Recommendations from the IOM to inform efforts to address the nation's health challenges.

In 2009, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) requested that the Institute of Medicine (IOM) establish a committee to examine three key topics in public health: measurement, law, and funding.

The resulting IOM Committee on Public Health Strategies to Improve Health explored the topics from the viewpoint of contemporary opportunities and challenges, with the prospect of influencing the work of public health in the second decade of the 21st century and later. The committee’s three reports are linked by the recognition that measurement, laws, and funding are three major drivers of change in the health system.

The IOM panel has made the case for increased accountability of all sectors that affect health, with coordination—wherever possible—by the governmental public health agency that leads or coordinates activities and sectors.