Population Health Social Determinants of Health

A Great Time for Community Partnerships to Improve Health

Given the challenges we face addressing health inequities and the upstream causes of poor health in our nation, we need effective, local partnerships to improve the health and well-being of our communities and families. Since its birth in 2013, Practical Playbook has inspired and facilitated more than 600 local partnerships and 1,000 programs in communities across America. My firm, Jennings Health, has worked with Practical Playbook since 2014 to help spread the word about the importance of community collaborations to address population health challenges, health disparities, and the social determinants of health. It has been important work.

The de Beaumont Foundation developed Practical Playbook with Duke University School of Medicine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Health Resources & Service Administration (HRSA). Under the guidance of these organizations, Practical Playbook became a vital and groundbreaking online resource (and textbook) for community organizations, public health entities, and provider organizations looking to address significant health issues impacting their communities through collaboration.

Watch this new video for a short overview of the initiative and the resources it offers. My firm did not produce this video. I’m sharing this because I’m so proud of the work we’ve done over the last six years in partnership with Practical Playbook and its founding partners. It is an honor working on such an important initiative and partnering with organizations the caliber of the de Beaumont Foundation, Duke Medicine, HRSA, and the CDC. My team and I have learned a great deal and continue to benefit from our association with de Beaumont and its president, Brian Castrucci (@brianccastrucci). We also owe a debt of gratitude to Lloyd Michener, MD, and Don Bradley, MD who spearheaded the program for Duke Medicine and so readily share their knowledge and experience.

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