I was recently a guest on the Unlocking Accountable Care Podcast to discuss community efforts to improve health and H.R. 660 The Community Health Improvement and Leadership Development Act of 2019 – 2020. You can listen to the podcast here.
Thanks to the folks at Day Health Strategies for providing me with this opportunity.
By Fred Goldstein, MS and Gregg Masters, MPH*
The field of population health continues to grow and create new areas of exploration and integration. Population health practitioners are called upon to play a central role as health systems, health plans or healthcare organizations work to implement their strategies designed to improve health care quality, access, outcomes and cost while weaning the US Healthcare system away from its fee-for-service reimbursement paradigm.
From the emerging recognition that Precision Medicine is not antithetical to population health, to the development of unique approaches to address the social determinants of health, it’s an exciting time.
This year’s agenda for the Population Health Colloquium reflects the dynamic nature of the field, featuring leading healthcare experts from academia, healthcare systems, health plans, data and analytics companies, population health companies, regulators, innovators and entrepreneurs. Continue reading
A few months ago, I attended a community health annual event associated with one of the many initiatives started by a large organization to bring together groups and begin implementing programs to improve the health of the community.
At this particular event after a couple of years of meetings and work, there were a number of presentations by the organization, community groups, the local government and a review of work done to date. It was a Kumbaya moment. Near the end of the day when people were asking questions, a gentleman next to me stood up, he worked in one of the poorest neighborhoods in the city and oversaw a local effort in that community.
He said and I’m paraphrasing.
I look at our community and see it has the exact same issues today we had 50 years ago. Nothing has changed, nothing has been done and we look just the same. You tell us to exercise but we have no sidewalks, no parks, the nearest gym is 3 miles away, we have no transportation, no access to healthy foods…
and well you know the rest of the issues he raised. He was clearly frustrated and has every right to be.
At that point a young woman stood up, Continue reading
Health Literacy is a critical issue in the United States. Jane Sarasohn-Kahn in a blog post discussed some of the the major issues identified in a recent report by Accenture which you can read here.
To get some real world insights and ideas on how to improve Health Literacy, join Drs. Russell Rothman from Vanderbilt and Brian Primack from University of Pittsburgh October 3, 1-2 pm for a Webinar entitled Improving Health Literacy: What Works and Why .
I’ll be your friendly, neighborhood moderator.