In a new report commissioned by the state of Vermont, Prevention Institute (PI) deeply examines a transformational model of health that's gaining steam in the U.S. – one in which health care and community entities partner up and emphasize community prevention of illness and injury.
Accountable Communities for Health (ACH) are emerging as a promising framework. ACHs integrate medical care, mental and behavioral healthcare, and social services with actions to improve the community conditions that shape health in a geographical area. In its report, PI extensively studied the mechanics of the work being done on the ground that reflects ACH principles, both in Vermont and at sites across the country.
"We looked at how to marshal healthcare-community partnerships to support community prevention populations," says report co-author and PI Managing Director Leslie Mikkelsen. "We also looked at what states can do to support and enhance the efforts of their regions that are implementing ACH elements and how they can cultivate strong retention of community prevention in the process."