Spread the word » Facebook Twitter
Prevention Institute




Prevention Institute

Prevention Institute alert: October 1, 2014

New PI Report Looks at California Clinics and their Role in Community Prevention

The nation’s healthcare system is beginning to shift from a “sick care system” to one that prioritizes health and wellbeing, largely as a result of the Affordable Care Act, the efforts of health-reform advocates—and the inspirational work of health clinics that are deeply rooted in the communities they serve.

There is now a growing understanding that if we want to improve the health of individual patients and entire communities—while also reducing medical costs—we must take action at the community level to address and change the  underlying conditions that lead to poor health at the same time that we expand access to quality health services. At Prevention Institute, we call this work community prevention.

Three years ago, we developed a model we call Community-Centered Health Homes. It outlines a new paradigm in which healthcare providers collaborate closely with public health, community members, advocates and organizations in an effort to change local conditions and improve health. Today, some of the best exemplars of this approach are community clinics and health centers around the country that are embedded in their communities. 

Prevention Institute wanted to explore how the work of these clinics could be furthered by the principles of Community-Centered Health Homes. So, with the support of the Blue Shield of California Foundation, we visited or interviewed more than a dozen clinics across California. We’ve compiled the results of our research into a new report, “Assessing and Promoting Adoption of the Community-Centered Health Home Model.”

Our report, and the work being done at these clinics, offers some useful lessons that can help guide health-transformation and community prevention efforts. Please share it widely with colleagues and allies and let us know your thoughts and comments.

Read Community-Centered Health Homes

Community-Centered Health Homes: Bridging the Gap Between Health Services and Community Prevention outlines an approach for upstream integration between community-based prevention efforts and clinical services. Download here.

Read Closing the Loop

Prevention measures that restrict tobacco consumption or require the use of seat beats or car seats saves lives—and money. But that money rarely gets used to fund new prevention efforts. In a paper published by the Institute of Medicine, PI’s Larry Cohen and The California Endowment’s Anthony Iton argue that we need to “close the loop” by insuring that we invest and reinvent in prevention. You can find the paper here.

Read How Can We Pay for a Healthy Population?

Prevention Institute talked to health-system innovators around the country to identify emerging new approaches for financing population-health measures that prioritize community prevention. Download here.

See Calendar
Visit the Forum

Stay Connected

Visit our website: www.preventioninstitute.org
Prevention Institute
221 Oak Street
Oakland, CA 94607
t 510-444-7738 | email: prevent@preventioninstitute.org

Support Us

About Us