26 12, 2016

Cambridge Health Alliance: Combining Clinical Care and Public Health for Community Impact

2017-03-20T14:03:30+00:00December 26th, 2016|

One priority for innovation is better collaboration between health care and public health.  The Cambridge Health Alliance CHA integrates primary care, public health, and more into one community-focused organization.  CHA is a large and unique organization, but it offers ideas lessons for collaborative ventures of many different sizes and settings.  Learn more from the CHA website as well as the video below.

22 12, 2016

City Health Works: Better Health at Lower Cost with Community Health Workers

2017-03-20T16:20:53+00:00December 22nd, 2016|

Research and experience show that Community Health Workers (CHWs) can make a healthy difference in the lives of the people they serve.  The keys to optimizing CHWs include local design, close collaboration with primary care providers, a neighborhood-based workforce, effective training and support, and a focus on achieving specific outcomes for defined populations.  City Health Works has assembled these keys into a coaching and care coordination program that is helping patients with chronic conditions chieve healthier outcomes.

Click here for a detailed outline of what City Health Works does, and the outcomes it aims to achieve.

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27 11, 2016

How Oklahoma Developed What May Be the Best Health Information Exchange in the Country

2017-03-20T14:05:22+00:00November 27th, 2016|

Health information exchange can be critically important for improving health care.  Enabling health information exchange is possible but challenging for states and communities across the country.   Oklahoma has an exemplary health information exchange that started locally and has expanded to serve much of the state.  As stated on the organization’s website:

MyHealth Access Network is a non-profit health information exchange that links more than 2,000 providers and their patients in a community-wide health information system that will help provider’s better monitor and improve care to:

  • Reduce health care costs associated with redundant testing, hospital admissions, and emergency department visits
  • Improve care […]
20 10, 2016

Supporting Health in All Policies

2017-03-20T16:32:31+00:00October 20th, 2016|

This is a brief video from the CDC that provides visitors to the Health in All Policies Resource Center with an introduction to the concepts of “Health in All Policies,” cross-sector collaboration, and the importance of considering health outcomes when making policy decisions. The video also explains the types of resources that can be found in the Resource Center.  Learn more at the CDC Health in All Policies Resource Center.

23 09, 2016

The Community Centered Health Home

2017-03-20T14:09:37+00:00September 23rd, 2016|

Prevention Institute has defined an innovative approach to community-oriented primary care called the ‘community centered health home.’  In this video, BCBSNC Foundation and the Prevention Institute provide an introduction to the Community-Centered Health Home concept from its founder Larry Cohen.

14 08, 2016

Collective Impact in Somerville, MA

2016-10-28T17:42:47+00:00August 14th, 2016|

From the Youtube post:
“How do you transform a city where almost half of the children are overweight or obese into a healthy, vibrant community? In this new video from the Collective Impact Forum, Dr. Christina Economos, principal investigator, and David Hudson, director of Shape Up Somerville, discuss the adoption of a collective impact approach and the journey that created a healthier Somerville.

Ten years ago, the youth of the city of Somerville, Mass., much like the rest of the country, faced an obesity epidemic. 44% of youth were […]

14 08, 2016

Collective Impact in Summit County, OH

2016-10-28T17:42:59+00:00August 14th, 2016|

From the Youtube post: “What is Collective Impact?” illustrates the concept of Collective Impact through United Way’s work with the Summit County Cradle to Career Alliance. Please share with others who are interested in helping address large-scale social problems, and help us build the Collective Impact movement in Summit County. Learn more at

25 07, 2016

Improving Lives, Inspiring Hope

2017-03-20T16:37:45+00:00July 25th, 2016|

Hear how local communities take action to improve the health of their residents and reduce racial and ethnic health disparities. Addressing several chronic health conditions including diabetes, cardiovascular health, asthma, cancer, and obesity, innovative programs meet local health needs and demonstrate positive impact. From the CDC, published in January of 2013.