We know that community prevention--changing the social and physical environments of communities to keep people healthy in the first place -- is a critical part of an efficient, effective health system. We can save money and lives by shifting the focus toward prevention, but how do we systematically shift resources? Prevention Institute held a webinar on March 6th, 2013 that explored exciting new approaches from across the country to secure dedicated, sustainable funding for community prevention efforts. The webinar included four presenters discussing the models profiled in our recently released brief How Can We Pay for a Healthy Population?: Innovative New Ways to Redirect Funds to Community Prevention: The audio recording of the webinar, a pdf of the webinar slides, and a follow up question and answer with the presenters document can be found below:
- Audio Recording
- Follow Up Questions and Answers - Given the number, depth, and importance of questions that we didn't get an opportunity to address, we synthesized four overarching questions, and posed them to each of the presenters. Their thought provoking responses are recorded in this document
Description of Presenters:
- Janine Janosky, Head of the Center for Community Health Improvement at Austen BioInnovations, discusses the potential in forming Accountable Care Communities, like the one currently being developed in Summit County, Ohio, to fund prevention, improve health outcomes, and capture health care savings.
- Rick Brush, Founder and CEO of Collective Health, explains the concept of Health Impact Bonds and how they allow investors to invest in promising prevention interventions.
- Kevin Barnett, Senior Investigator at the Public Health Institute, reveals how hospital community benefit dollars can be directed towards improving the conditions, and ultimately population health outcomes, of the communities in which hospitals are located.
- Maddie Ribble, Director of Policy and Communications at the Massachusetts Public Health Association, describes the concept of a Wellness Trust and explain how the groundbreaking Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust will dedicate millions to prevention efforts in the state.