The entrenched separation of primary care and public health in the United States has been damaging and self-perpetuating. As both sectors struggle to meet their own challenges, population health has deteriorated due to their failure to integrate. For the first time, The Practical Playbook offers professionals in primary care and public health a roadmap to integrating their work with the larger goals of population health.
More than 50 population health experts have come together to provide key insights into how to address population health issues and challenges in a collaborative way in the new book, Solving Population Health Problems through Collaboration. This work, released in March 2017, is edited by Ron Bialek, Leslie Beitsch, and John Moran from the Public Health Foundation (PHF), who share a combined 80 years of experience in public health and population health.
This report summarizes key findings from these regional dialogues and presents recommendations to carry PH3.0 forward, organized in the following five themes:
1. Strong leadership and workforce
2. Strategic partnerships
3. Flexible and sustainable funding
4. Timely and locally relevant data, metrics,and analytics
5. Foundational infrastructure
he Public Health Foundation and Association for Community Health Improvement are collaborating to develop a set of Priority Competencies for Population Health Professionals. Based on the Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals (Core Competencies), the Priority Competencies for Population Health Professionals describe desired skills for population health professionals and are primarily designed for non-clinical hospital, health system, public health, and healthcare professionals engaged in assessment of population health needs and development, delivery, and improvement of population health programs, services, and practices. This may include activities related to community health needs assessments, community health improvement plans, and implementation of community-based interventions.
With support from the Blue Shield of California Foundation, the California Healthcare Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) convened a committee to identify core measures for health and health care. In VITAL SIGNS: Core Metrics for Health and Health Care Progress, the committee proposes a streamlined set of 15 standardized measures, with recommendations for their application at every level and across sectors. Ultimately, the committee concludes that this streamlined set of measures could provide consistent benchmarks for health progress across the nation and improve system performance in the highest-priority areas.
The Region VII Health Equity Council, known as the Heartland RHEC, conducted an environmental scan designed to collect data on our regions and describe challenges and opportunities. This scan will be used to demonstrate why the RHEC is pursuing particular priorities and show the extent of health disparities throughout the region.