California's Healthy Places Index

California's Healthy Places Index

The California Healthy Places Index (HPI) is a powerful new tool, developed by the Public Health Alliance of Southern California (Alliance) in partnership with the Virginia Commonwealth University’s Center on Society and Health, that can be used to explore and change those community conditions that predict life expectancy. The purpose of the HPI is to prioritize public and private investments, resources and programs.

The California Healthy Places Index tool can be found here.

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Empowering Health Through Dignity and Trust

Empowering Health Through Dignity and Trust

Community food club and a comprehensive produce prescription program prove that food insecurity and diet-related disease can be overcome through programs that empower and enable healthy choices. See this case study from Health Care Without Harm on Spectrum Health and their community benefit work in Michigan.

This piece appears in Health Care Without Harm's Delivering Community Benefit: Healthy Food Playbook

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Early Childhood is Critical to Health Equity

Early Childhood is Critical to Health Equity

"The first few years of life set us on paths toward - or away from -  health and well-being in childhood and as adults. Experiences in early childhood - defined here as the first five years of life - are therefore critical to having a fair chance to be healthy across the lifespan." The second report in a series on health equity from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), this report explores conditions in early childhood that shape health throughout life, how we can set all children on a path toward lifelong health, the business case for investing in early childhood, and a call to action. 

Read the full report from Robert Wood Johnson Foundation here.

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Raising Places Building Child Centered Communities

Raising Places Building Child Centered Communities

“The environments where children grow up have immense impact on their health and wellness. And places where children can thrive are places where all of us want to be. What do child-centered communities look like? And how might we work together to create more of them in America?”

Raising Places explored these questions in six diverse U.S. communities. This report is a synthesis of the trends, insights and lessons they've learned.

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Charting a Course for Social Determinants of Health

Charting a Course for Social Determinants of Health

Healthcare systems are talking about moving upstream. The Upstream Strategy Compass can help them get there. The Upstream Strategy CompassTM from HealthBegins, for example, uses levels of prevention (i.e. primary, secondary, and tertiary) and levels of intervention (i.e. individual, organizational, community) to help healthcare systems and their community partners understand local needs as well as the opportunities to improve specific social determinants of health for priority patient populations.2 

Rishi Manchanda 

This piece appears in the Practical Playbook Blog

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Inclusive Healthy Places

Inclusive Healthy Places

The Framework and supporting analysis presented in the Inclusive Healthy Places report and on Gehl Institute's site represent a synthesis of research and expertise in public health and urban planning and design, with specific focus on the social determinants of health that can be viewed clearly through the lens of public space.

The framework and analysis can be found on Gehl Institute’s site.

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From the Memphis Model to the North Carolina Way: Lessons from Emerging Health System and Faith Community Partnerships

From the Memphis Model to the North Carolina Way: Lessons from Emerging Health System and Faith Community Partnerships

Necessary components for building robust health system and congregational partnerships to address social determinants of health and impact health care utilization include partnership growth, allocation of health system resources, community trust, and time. This commentary describes and compares the Congregational Health Network’s Memphis Model to early local efforts at clinical-faith community partnerships in North Carolina, which we call “The North Carolina Way.”

This piece appears in North Carolina's Medical Journal

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Strong Social Networks are Key to Turning Around Communities

Strong Social Networks are Key to Turning Around Communities

What is the difference between communities that are able to recover from disinvestment and those that cannot? The answer, according to recent research from MDRC, are the presence of strong social networks. See how a network of community organizations are supporting health and resiliency efforts in Chicago.

Maurice A. Jones | June 8, 2018

This piece appears in Stanford Social Innovation Review Cities Page.

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Costs Fell by 11% When Payer Addressed Social Determinants of Health

Costs Fell by 11% When Payer Addressed Social Determinants of Health

Organizations that account for the social determinants of health and connect patients to services that meet their social needs could reduce spending by approximately 11 percent within a year, according to a recent study.  HealthConnections, a program from WellCare Health Plans, focuses on addressing the socioeconomic needs of vulnerable patients by referring beneficiaries to community services, such as transportation to appointments or help paying for basic utility services.  

To examine the relationship between social determinants of health and healthcare costs, the team compared the change in average healthcare expenses for patients enrolled in the HealthConnections program who had all their social needs met versus a group who had no social needs met.

Jessica Kent | June 05, 2018

This piece appears in Health IT Analytics: Tools and Strategies News

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