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Yesterday I published a post about the Practical Playbook’s upcoming 2nd Annual National Meeting – Improving Population Health: Collaborative Strategies That Work. The conference will be taking place May 31 – June 2, 2017 at The Westin Washington D.C., City Center. I plan to be there blogging and Tweeting throughout!

As a follow-up to that post, I wanted to mention the organization’s Call for Posters. The submission deadline is fast approaching: March 20, 2017.

Overview of Poster Session

The Practical Playbook has issued a Call for Posters for its 2nd annual National Meeting, Improving Population Health: Collaborative Strategies That Work. The meeting will take place May 31 – June 2, 2017 at The Westin Washington D.C., City Center. The Poster Session is an important part of the National Meeting, providing an opportunity for participants to share their experiences, celebrate successes and learn about effective methods and resources for cross-sector collaboration from their peers.

Poster Session Guidelines

Poster Session displays at the 2017 Practical Playbook National Meeting will highlight innovative and impactful strategies, tools and approaches to public health, primary care and community collaborations for improvements in population health.

Poster Session displays may focus on:

  1. Successful and/or innovative public health, primary care and community collaborations in the planning stages
  2. Successful and/or innovative collaborations currently in the implementation stages
  3. Effective tools, resources or strategies to support successful collaborations

Researchers and practitioners who have implemented innovative programs, and/or those with an effective approach for addressing a population health challenge involving collaboration between public health, primary care and community organizations are encouraged to submit a draft of the poster they would display at the meeting.

To learn more about the poster session or to submit a poster, visit the Practical Playbook National Meeting website. Poster drafts must be submitted no later than March 20, 2017. Individuals who are selected to present at the National Meeting will be notified by April 17, 2017 via email.

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Screen Shot 2016-05-02 at 11.47.25 AMJust last week, one of my firm’s clients, The Practical Playbook, launched a LinkedIn Group dedicated to the sharing of resources and facilitation of conversations around population health improvement. The group is titled: “Working Together for Population Health.” For those of you who now work at hospitals and health systems across the country, population health management is in our future, and is a reality today for many of us. Here’s the group description from LinkedIn:

“Public health and primary care are natural, foundational partners for addressing the challenges in today’s health system. Together, along with other partners, we can improve population health. The Practical Playbook will share guidance and lead discussions to advance population health partnerships.”

I invite you to head over to the LinkedIn Group and introduce yourself. We look forward to your input. By joining the discussion group, you will:

  • Find practical, actionable advice to help you identify potential partners and implement projects
  • Ask questions and share resources with a diverse group of colleagues
  • Read the latest thought leadership from collaboration experts
  • Connect with colleagues and gain insight into other sectors


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For the last year my firm has worked with the team from A Practical Playbook to build awareness around the understanding that population health improvement needs to be driven by collaboration between primary care and public health. The separation of primary care and public health in the United States has been damaging and self-perpetuating. Given all that we need to achieve within the healthcare arena, we cannot keep working in silos; there is so much to be gained from collaboration. Here’s a link to the Storify of a recent #HCLDR Twitter Chat on the subject that was moderated by Brian Castrucci, one of The Practical Playbook editors.

The big news is that The Practical Playbook – until now primarily an online resource – is now available as book, in paper or electronic form. The Practical Playbook offers professionals in primary care and public health a roadmap to integrating their work with the larger goals of population health.

Comprising case studies, practical recommendations, data resources, and commentaries from national leaders on both sides, The Practical Playbook is the new benchmark for primary care and public health practitioners working to improve population health. The book gives clear guidance to clinicians on how to find and work effectively with community partners, and advice to public health practitioners on how to find the key leaders and work effectively with clinical groups.

To visit Oxford University Press and purchase the book, use this link.

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The Practical Playbook has announced the launch of its first ever Learning in Action Prize competition, which will award $5,000 to an engaging learning activity that contributes to the advancement of population health. Health professionals or public health educators who have developed a learning activity incorporating the Practical Playbook into formal curricula in undergraduate, graduate, or postgraduate programs in medicine, public health, population health, and related fields are eligible to apply. The underlying motivation is to make sure our future medical and public health professionals understand why collaboration makes sense, and we need to give them the tools to put this method of working into practice.

Here is an excerpt from a blog post written by my colleague, Kate Rudy Gilmer, about this competition:

If we want the healthcare paradigm in the United States to transition from primary care in one silo and public health workers in the other, we need to move upstream. We need to make sure our future medical and public health professionals understand why collaboration makes sense, and we need to give them the tools to put this method of working into practice.

Fostering new and more effective methods for teaching population health is vital to ensuring the sustainability of this paradigm shift.

This needs to be a multigenerational movement – not in the traditional sense of grandmothers, fathers, and daughters uniting for a social cause, but in terms of creating continuity between established doctors and public health officials and the next wave that are currently preparing for the workforce.

We must develop curriculum that not only imparts the value of population health management, but delivers practical skills that teach students how to work together to improve the health their communities. Training every future health worker – from public health officials to residents and physician assistants – will ensure that population health management becomes the industry standard rather than a handful of examples.

That’s why we are proud to announce the launch of our first ever Learning in Action Prize competition, which will identify and recognize outstanding educators and teaching practices in population health. If you have an engaging or innovative learning activity that the rest of the field could learn from, submit your work for a chance to win a $5,000 cash prize!

In keeping with the Practical Playbook’s mission to facilitate collaboration between primary care and public health professionals, learning materials should support student understanding of the stages of integrated population health improvement and demonstrate the principles of primary care / public health collaboration.

The Learning in Action Prize will award $5,000 to the developer of a learning activity that is an element of a larger course, such as a research project, a structured discussion on Playbook content and topics, or a flipped classroom/peer instruction activity.

All eligible entries will also be considered for inclusion in the Practical Playbook, where they will be accessible free of charge to the public in a Learning Resources library.

The contest will run from through September 30, 2015. To enter the Learning in Action Prize competition, visit https://www.practicalplaybook.org/learning-action.

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Yesterday I attended a panel discussion at Duke University Medical Center: “Population Health: An Informal Conversation with National Leaders.” The panel was made up of steering committee members from A Practical Playbook – a joint initiative of the CDC, de Beaumont Foundation and Duke Community & Family Medicine. A Practical Playbook encourages and facilitates collaboration between primary care, public health and community organizations for improved health outcomes.

Here’s my main takeaway from the discussion: population health challenges will not be solved, and healthy communities will not be created, in the doctor’s office. It is only through collaboration between healthcare providers, public health practitioners and community organizations that we’ll truly take on chronic disease. Together, we need to address the social determinants of health in order to create healthy communities.

The Practical Playbook Team curated the Tweets from the population health panel discussion and they are available on Storify @ sfy.co/r0LdW.

Below is a list of the distinguished professionals who served on the population health panel. These are all leaders on the national scene.

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By my judgment, the event was a success. We ended up with a highly engaged audience and terrific activity on Twitter. Over the course of the hour we had 212 Tweets for a total of 345,156 potential impressions.

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The metrics for the hashtag for the entire day are even more impressive (267 posts, 30 unique accounts Tweeting, 30,836 reach, and 436,134 impressions):

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Here are some of my favorite Tweets from the panel discussion. (For the full experience, please visit the Storify for this event.

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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. 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. And today it is even more exciting because 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).

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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.

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