Report: How Hospitals and Health Systems Can Move Upstream to Improve Community Health

Conversations with Hospital and Health System Executives: How Hospitals and Health Systems Can Move Upstream to Improve Community Health, a report from the de Beaumont Foundation, in partnership with the BUILD Health Challenge, examines how hospitals and health systems can drastically improve their community engagement work by fostering cross-collaborative partnerships focused on upstream factors affecting community health outcomes. It contains best practices, executive-level insights, and practical how-to guides for connecting community and hospital leaders!

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Using Electronic Health Data for Community Health

A new report from the de Beaumont Foundation and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Using Electronic Health Data for Community Health, is a roadmap for how to overcome perceived barriers to using electronic health data for public health activities. HIPAA is often considered an impediment to sharing health data between health systems and public health departments, but this report outlines the legal underpinnings for data sharing and provides illustrative examples of constructive uses of data to advance patient and community health.

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Issue Brief: Coordinated Whole-Person Care that Addresses Social Determinants of Health

This brief focuses on five projects funded by Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) that are developing the data infrastructure to support models of coordinated care across medical and community services. The desired outcome of these models involves system-level changes such that services provided within health care and other settings are oriented around the whole person, and not exclusively on their healthcare needs. These models of care require collaboration not just across organizations, but across sectors.

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Community Health Peer Learning Program Bright Spots

This series of bright spot profiles highlights key community achievements from Community Health Peer Learning Program, a partnership of AcademyHealth and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), participants and maps them back to practical strategies that enabled progress. Each bright spot also notes key lessons and shares useful insights relevant to those working as part of local initiatives to improve population health. Whether addressing challenges from serious mental illness, or working to reduce pediatric hospital bed days, the strategies shared in these bright spots are meant to offer both inspiration and practical guidance for others.

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Learning Guide Series on Improved Use of EHRs for Population Health

The Community Health Peer Learning Program (CHP), a partnership of AcademyHealth and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), is pleased to present a learning guide series highlighting practical experiences, key lessons, and insights from five communities about addressing population health management challenges through improved capture, sharing, and use of electronic health data. The guides tell a story of how data infrastructure development, enabled through purposeful collaboration, can help drive better care, smarter spending, and healthier communities.

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Learning Series: Keys to Collaboration Report

KeystoCollaboration_CoverImage The Keys to Collaboration Report details best practices and recommendations from many of the BUILD sites on the cultivation of successful cross-sector partnerships in public health. The findings are particularly relevant for community leaders interested in developing community-centered approaches to improving population health as well as funders interested in cultivating this type of work that is partner-driven.

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The BUILD Health Challenge, in collaboration with Dr. Dara Mendez, published a Learning Series that examines cross-cutting issues affecting the awardees’ work in their communities. Sites share: What is working well? What’s not? What common challenges do the partnerships face? Join us in this exploration of learning with our communities as we identify lessons learned and best practices for promoting community health across the country as shared by BUILD sites. Topics include Collaboration, Data, Community Engagement, Health Equity, Policy, and Sustainability.

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Early Learnings from an Emerging Field

In an effort to foster alignment among health care, public health, and other community systems to address the social determinants, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is working to build a Culture of Health. As part of its focus on the role of data to enable multi-sector collaborations to achieve population health, RWJF launched Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH). DASH aims to identify barriers, opportunities, promising practices, and indicators of progress for multi-sector collaborations to connect information systems and share data for community health improvement. The DASH National Program Office (NPO) is led by the Illinois Public Health Institute in partnership with the Michigan Public Health Institute and with support from the Foundation.

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Learning Guide: Collecting Quality Data for Performance Management

The Community Health Peer Learning Program’s first learning guide on Collecting Quality Data for Performance Management, part of a series of guides developed by the Subject Matter Expert communities, is now available! This guide from Essential Access Health is intended to support population health performance management for those using electronic data. It offers best practices for choosing measures, collecting accurate and comprehensive data, and assessing program performance. Watch a short presentation from the experts for a quick overview, read an executive summary, download the full report, and more.

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