Improving Community-Wide Population Health
This infographic summarizes the four foundational elements that encourage collaboration and support financing improvements in community-wide population health.
Social determinants play a significantly larger role in one's health and wellbeing than clinical care. To improve health, communities need collaboration between community-based and health care organizations that addresses all factors contributing health. They also need sustainable financing models to support addressing all determinants of health.
This infographic highlights the four elements needed to encourage collaboration and support financing, including:
In order to assess the overall needs of a community, identify high-need populations, understand the gaps in capacity, and evaluate the success of joint efforts, health systems must overcome logistical, financial, and legal challenges to integrate clinical and non-clinical data.
A trusted convening organization, providing a forum for collaboration between diverse community partners from social services, health care and public health sectors, can be a catalyst, helping to identify and align interests as well as fostering investment in community-wide population health.
Without having shared agreement on health terminology, strategies, and goals, it is more difficult to collaborate on other foundational elements such as data infrastructure/population metrics and financing/payment models.
We have identified three primary funding and financing mechanisms that can support community-wide population health interventions: community benefits, operational funds, and reimbursement streams, all with their own benefits and challenges.