At the end of 2014, my firm began working with “A Practical Playbook,” an organization that facilitates collaboration between partners in public health and primary care for the purpose of improving population health by taking on the social determinants of health. This is an important initiative as we move into the world of population health management, and obviously, an exciting one for my team to support and market. We see this as a positive and necessary step toward eliminating health disparities in our country. And today we’re celebrating a milestone!
Here’s the information from the press release we sent out earlier today:
“A Practical Playbook: Public Health & Primary Care Together” is marking a successful first year of work to promote and facilitate collaboration between partners in public health, primary care, and academia. “A Practical Playbook” was founded by the de Beaumont Foundation, Duke Community and Family Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Over the last year, medical schools and graduate level public health programs have adopted “A Practical Playbook,” incorporating it into their population health curricula. It has also become a valued resource for public health practitioners at local, state, and federal health agencies. Organizations including the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Institute of Medicine, the National Association of County and City Health Officials, and the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health have lauded “A Practical Playbook” and are committed to supporting its goal of improving population health by fostering greater collaboration between primary care and public health.
“The fundamental paradox of health care in America is that we devote our time, resources, and attention to what happens inside a hospital and health system even though we would have much greater results – and a much healthier country – if we had a broader focus that included social and environmental factors,” said Edward L. Hunter, CEO of the de Beaumont Foundation. “I applaud the institutions that are shaping the next generation of doctors, nurses, and public health practitioners for giving their students the tools they need to meaningfully address the burden of chronic disease in the United States.”
“A Practical Playbook” is also a driving force in the BUILD Health Challenge, a national award program funded by the de Beaumont Foundation, the Advisory Board Company, the Kresge Foundation, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Colorado Health Foundation. “A Practical Playbook” will provide technical assistance to BUILD Health awardees as they seek to improve population health in urban communities by addressing the social determinants of health.
“With the BUILD Health Challenge, ‘A Practical Playbook’ will be on the front lines of understanding how collaboration between primary care, public health, and community nonprofits actually takes place: what the common challenges are, what best practices can be created from these experiences, and how to replicate successful outcomes,” said Lloyd Michener, MD, Chair of Duke Community and Family Medicine.
In the coming year, “A Practical Playbook” is expanding its original offering of primarily web-based tools, information, and resources to providing thought leadership, offering in-person technical assistance, and developing opportunities to bring partners together.