Healthy Communities Require Multi-Sector Involvement
Dates of Project: August 1, 2012–October 15, 2013
Prevention Institute analyzed the “landscape of prevention” and engaged partners within and outside the health sector to advance momentum for community prevention and align local, state, and national efforts to improve health.
A key emphasis was engaging less traditional partners with expertise in sectors with potential to be linked to health, such as transportation, business, economic development, housing, and law, among others.
“We went really broad, talking to folks who do community-based work, improvement work, but not through a public health lens, [people] who wouldn’t identify themselves as public health professionals.”—Sana Chehimi, MPH, project director
The institute released reports, conducted a series of informational meetings with congressional staff, representatives of federal agencies, and national nonprofit organizations, and engaged an email network of more than 23,000 subscribers.
Prevention Institute staff:
- Made recommendations to RWJF about how best to leverage its resources and reputation to advance the nation’s health through “a new ecology of public health.”
- Released Towards a 21st Century Approach: Advancing a Vision for Prevention and Public Health outlining six practices that together offer leaders and advocates in prevention and public health a “transformative new vision for their work in the 21st-century.”
- Identified four cutting-edge ways to pay for community prevention, described in How Can We Pay for a Healthy Population? Innovative New Ways to Redirect Funds to Community Prevention:
- Wellness Trusts, a tax or other funding to support prevention and wellness interventions for targeted populations
- Social Impact Bonds/Health Impact Bonds, market-based tool for raising capital
- Community Benefits requirements for hospitals and health plans
- Accountable Care Organizations, which coordinate a continuum of care for a designated patient population
- The Prevention and Public Health Fund February 23, 2012
- Lead States in Public Health Quality Improvement (originally called the Multistate Learning Collaborative) January 10, 2014
- Strategies to Promote Health and Prevent Illness in Communities October 18, 2013
- Investing In America's Health (April 2013 Update) April 4, 2013
- The IOM Reports on the Major Issues Facing the Field of Public Health July 24, 2013
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