Healthcare organizations are increasingly participating in multisector coalitions to improve the health, safety, and wellbeing of their patients and the communities they live in. They can be valuable partners whose assets include expertise, insights into how community conditions impact health outcomes, data on social determinants of health, and credibility as policy advocates. Additionally, healthcare organizations can implement internal organizational practice changes that benefit their employees, patients, and communities, putting prevention and health equity at the forefront of their mission.

Prevention Institute works with them and their partners to identify and implement upstream policy and systems changes.

Prevention Institute works with partners across the country to advance prevention practice, and engages in legislative, administrative, and regulatory advocacy to support upstream prevention policies and investments that advance health, safety, and equity. Key projects and publications include:

  • Intersections Initiative

    Prevention Institute is partnering with the St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund and seven California-based community collaboratives working to improve health and equity. The collaboratives will address community factors that shape health, safety, and wellbeing—and provide a model for other healthcare systems that want to go beyond the exam room and into the community to address the underlying causes of illness and injury.

To improve health for everyone, we must transform community environments at the same time we provide high-quality, well-coordinated medical services. Developed by Prevention Institute in 2011, the Community-Centered Health Homes model shows how healthcare systems can support and engage in community prevention even as they continue to deliver high-quality clinical care. Key products and publications include:

Community prevention is a valuable strategy for reducing illness and injury in the first place while supporting the Triple Aim of improved population health, lower costs, and improved outcomes.  Prevention Institute envisions a transformed health delivery and payment system that advances health and equity through quality community-based prevention practices. Key products and publications include:

  • Accountable Communities for Health: Opportunities and Recommendations

    The Accountable Community for Health model is emerging as a promising vehicle toward reaching the full potential of the Triple Aim-particularly efforts to improve population health. Accountable Communities for Health: Opportunities and Recommendations, Prevention Institute's report for the state of Vermont, presents research and analysis conducted by Prevention Institute to inform the potential development and application of the Accountable Community for Health (ACH) model.

  • Disrupting the Pathway - A Prevention Approach to Medical High Utilization

    Disrupting the Pathway explores a primary prevention approach to reduce frequent utilization of high-cost healthcare services and includes model strategies that healthcare organizations and their community partners can collectively implement to improve community conditions that have a role in producing high utilization and subsequent costs. 

  • Closing the Loop: Why We Need to Invest—and Reinvest—in Prevention

    Published by the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, Closing the Loop outlines some of the essential elements of sustainable funding mechanisms and argues that we need to “close the loop” by ensuring that when prevention efforts DO save money, substantial portions of that money get plowed back into prevention.