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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Overcoming Challenges to Medicaid Investments in Social Determinants of Health

Medicaid and other payers are recognizing that health outcomes and costs are driven by factors beyond clinical care. These factors are rooted in the community and include issues such as housing, food security, transportation, and the neighborhood environment in which people live, learn, play, pray, and work. Through an initiative sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Payment Reform for Population Health, AcademyHealth partnered with the Nemours Children’s Health System to work with Maryland, Oregon, and Washington State to address the payment challenge. Specifically, they worked with states to explore current Medicaid authorities to promote and provide prevention services in community settings, cover upstream prevention benefits such as assessing a home for asthma triggers, and deliver services using nontraditional community-based providers.

Enrique Martinez-Vidal, Debbie I. Chang, Tricia McGinnis | June 13, 2018

This piece appears in the Health Affairs blog.

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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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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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A Marketplace for Health and Housing to Exchange Money—Has the Time Come?

A Marketplace for Health and Housing to Exchange Money—Has the Time Come?

"Our current “investments” in health are not working. Despite spending more per person on health services than other nations, the U.S. continues to have worse health outcomes. So how do we set up a marketplace of buyers and sellers of services and products that address social determinants and change the ratios of health investments?"

Megan Sandel and Allison Bovel-Ammon | April 13, 2018

This piece appears in Shelterforce magazine.

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