Creating a True Health System
August 18, 2014
This month we asked PHI leaders to share their thoughts on how to accelerate the integration of public health and healthcare. Eduardo Sanchez, PHI board member and deputy chief medical officer at the American Heart Association, said it best: “The opportunity over the next 50 years is bridging medical care and public health into what should be considered the health system for all Americans."
Although healthcare and public health share many of the same goals, the two sectors evolved over the last century largely in silos. But times are changing.
The continuing burden of healthcare costs, growing evidence of the social and environmental determinants of health, and new opportunities under the Affordable Care Act have generated tremendous interest in how public health and healthcare can work together to improve health outcomes and save resources. Listen to what our leaders had to say on the topic:
As an organization that works to improve both healthcare delivery and public health, PHI is uniquely positioned to bring the two together.
- We're advancing the role of Community Health Workers to connect medical care with social support and community advocacy.
- We've helped non-profit hospitals and health systems invest their community benefit funds to proactively address community health needs, not just provide charity care.
- We're leading the way in expanding the smart use of telehealth to achieve the Triple Aim in California.
- Our Public Health Data Solutions provides hospitals and community-based organizations with the data they need to identify "hotspot" populations most in need of intervention.
Visit the PHI50 timeline for more examples of PHI's achievements in this area.