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Healthcare-community partnerships can prevent illness and injury, and restore wellbeing 

Now that the healthcare furor in Congress has subsided for the moment, it’s time to refocus on solutions for making our health system stronger. Medical high utilization can seem intractable, yet there are effective, underused strategies at hand. Prevention Institute’s new infographic breaks down what high utilization is, how it comes about, and what we can do to lower it. 

The infographic, supported by the Blue Shield of California Foundation, captures key elements of our 2016 report, Disrupting the Pathway - A Prevention Approach to Medical High Utilization. Together, these documents make the case for investing in upstream strategies in communities, in order to prevent unnecessary suffering and costs downstream. Scroll down or click here to view this exciting and useful new tool.

Improving community conditions can complement existing healthcare strategies focused on reducing medical high utilization and its associated costs.  Around $1.45 trillion dollars a year is spent on medical treatment in the United States for just 5 percent of Americans; that’s nine percent of the United States' gross domestic product. But it doesn’t have to be this way. Read our infographic and report to learn the community strategies that can help  prevent illness and injury, restore wellbeing, and improve overall population health.

To learn more about Prevention Institute’s work on preventing medical high utilization, email William L. Haar at william@preventioninstitute.org.

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