Healthcare and community prevention must work hand in hand if we truly want to transform health. In our latest brief, Community Centered Health Homes: Bridging the gap between health services and community prevention, Prevention Institute outlines approaches that community health centers can take to promote community health even as they deliver high quality medical services to individuals.
Community Centered Health Homes presents a set of research-informed recommendations for ways in which health care providers can engage in community prevention. The skills needed to engage in community change efforts are closely aligned with the problem solving skills providers currently employ to address individual health needs. Taking this comprehensive approach to health will reduce demand for resources and services; improve health, safety, and equity outcomes; and offer clinical providers the skills and strategies necessary to change the social circumstances that shape the health of their patients.