The Community-Centered Health Homes model, first presented by Prevention Institute in 2011, provides a concrete framework for healthcare organizations to systematically address the community conditions that impact their patients. It combines years of prevention experience about how to keep people from getting sick or injured, with insight gained from interviewing healthcare organizations around the country who were inspired to improve their patients’ health and the health of the communities around them.
We are seeing a rapid transformation in healthcare delivery and there is tremendous pressure to provide high-quality care while reducing costs and improving the health of individuals and communities. Momentum is building for healthcare organizations to contribute to advancing population health – the health of every resident in the geographic areas where they operate. Our latest brief reviews and analyzes what we’ve heard from clinics actively involved in community change – particularly clinics doing early testing of the CCHH model – and summarizes what we’ve learned over the years. Through talking with healthcare providers, presenting the CCHH model to various audiences, analyzing how some healthcare providers are engaging in various elements, and synthesizing learnings from demonstration projects currently underway, we identify lessons learned and common themes that have emerged for healthcare organizations that want to implement the CCHH model.