UW Population Health Institute Awarded Grant for Community Health Improvement
According to Dr. Remington, "The overarching goal of this project is to close the gap between 'what we know' and 'what we do' to improve health and reduce disparities."
This work builds on the Institute's six years of experience publishing the annual Wisconsin County Health Rankings. These rankings draw considerable attention around the state to the fact that a community's health is determined by more than just its healthcare system.
In addition to producing these state county ranking reports, the Institute will explore and develop case studies around community partnerships that can help improve health and identify best practices for the use of financial and non-financial incentives for population health improvement.
Dr. Kindig says, "Simply providing better health care is not the solution. New systems of accountability at the community level are needed, supported by partnerships including health care organizations, public health agencies, school boards, social service agencies, nonprofit advocacy groups, and businesses."
"To help people live longer and healthier lives, leaders need to know the health challenges their communities face," said James S. Marks, MD, MPH, senior vice president and director of the health group at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. "We believe these county reports will help show leaders where additional efforts to improve their communities' health can be most effective and make their communities healthier places to live, work, learn and play."
The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute in the Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health was founded by David Kindig, Professor Emeritus of Population Health Sciences and former Vice-Chancellor for Health Affairs, and is directed by Patrick Remington, Professor of Population Health Sciences. The Institute's mission is to translate public health and health policy research into policy and practice.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focuses on the pressing health and health care issues facing our country. As the nation's largest philanthropy devoted exclusively to improving the health and health care of all Americans, the Foundation works with a diverse group of organizations and individuals to identify solutions and achieve comprehensive, meaningful and timely change.
Date Published: 04/30/2009