Food Insecurity Becomes Focus for Population Health Programs

Food Insecurity Becomes Focus for Population Health Programs

“Healthcare providers, payers, and other industry partners are increasingly recognizing that tackling food insecurity is a major component of a successful population health management program…

As the healthcare industry starts to ramp up its data-driven capabilities overall health system costs, asserts a 2017 study from BMC Geriatrics and Population Health Management. Access to federal food assistance programs such as SNAP reduced the likelihood of hospitalization for seniors by 14 % and cut the likelihood of nursing home admission by 23 %, the study said.

Public and private payers have been taking the lead in this area.”

This article from Health IT Analytic’s Population Health News explores how health systems are providing access to healthy food options, addressing food insecurity, and incorporating diet “prescription” programs. Read the full article here.

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What Does It Take to Create a Community Investment Ecosystem? Insights from San Bernardino

What Does It Take to Create a Community Investment Ecosystem? Insights from San Bernardino

In San Bernardino, CA, Dignity Health is helping spark partnerships and accelerate public-private collaborations to ensure all residents have access to the resources they need for a healthy life. 

This article originally appeared on the Center for Community Investment's blog on July 1, 2018. 

Alyia Gaskins | July 01, 2018

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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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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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Investing in healthy cities: Initiative transforms civic collaboration to improve low-income communities

"What does it mean for a health system to invest fully in its community? Dozens of health care organizations across the country are learning that the commitment goes beyond typical community benefit programs and requires innovative thinking about partnerships. It’s a mindset shift for many health care leaders but one that could be the future of sustainable, preventive population health."

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