Bridging Public Health and Health Care

Breaking silos and narrowing gaps for collaborative and meaningful health system transformation.

About the Bridging Public Health and Health Care Portfolio

Our organization and network facilitates collaborative work on public health system transformation, building partnerships across sectors to improve population health outcomes and the quality of health care. In partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the deBeaumont Foundation, NNPHI’s Bridging Public Health and Health Care Portfolio focuses on:

  • Creating a platform and opportunity for members and partners to develop innovative approaches, address common challenges, share ideas, and develop a shared language through which the professionals and organizations that make up our national public health system can work together.
  • Identifying novel ways to advance population health by supporting the mutual goals of reducing costs, improving quality of care and improving population health.
  • Developing and sharing learning and technical assistance opportunities that help our local, state, and federal stakeholders to improve the health of communities.

Our Work

NNPHI hosted a convening of nine public health institutes with demonstrated innovations in bridging between clinical health care practice and population health. This convening lead to 1) the development of a two-year action plan, 2) creation of a concept paper and 3) formalization of NNPHI collaborative business ventures to position public health institutes as resource partners in the implementation of the ACA.

NNPHI’s growing portfolio of work in this area includes:

Data for Health

The Data for Health initiative explored how health information can be better harnessed to improve people’s lives. Led by an advisory committee, co-chaired by David Ross, ScD, of the Public Health Informatics Institute, and Ivor Horn, MD, M.PH, of the Children’s National Medical Center, Data for Health included a series of listening sessions in five cities across the United States with participation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NNPHI coordinated the initiative’s planning, activities, and events, supported by funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Committee members heard from local leaders, consumers, and professionals from a wide range of sectors on what data is important to them, and how they might use it to help people lead healthier lives. In response, the advisory committee published an analysis, including recommendations, in their report, “Data for Health: Learning What Works.

Driving Innovation to Improve Population Health Meeting January, 2014. Washington DC

Supported by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, NNPHI helped coordinate this event, which focused on defining population health and identifying strategic opportunities for integrating population health into healthcare delivery systems.

State Forums to Advance Health Systems Transformation

NNPHI, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has awarded grants to four member public health institutes to host state forums to advance collaborative practice for bridging public health and health care. The state forum work has advanced several practical strategies for bridging, including elevating community health worker practice, developing a state health and wellness trust and designing statewide metrics for getting to health value.

Universal Health Insurance Access Efforts in Massachusetts: Lessons Learned for Public Health Systems across the United States

Working with our member institute, Health Resources in Action (HRiA) and the CDC, NNPHI explored the impact of Massachusetts health care reform on the state’s health insurance landscape, public programs, and public health system. See HRiA’s literature review and case study offering a comprehensive analysis of our findings and their impact.

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