This originally appeared in an email from Prevention Institute. This webinar highlights some new approaches that can help improve health across the country and here in California. The event will also discuss ways to promote health equity and improve the health of communities of color.
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."
Over 120 advocates gathered in Sacramento today to discuss legislation that could be key to improving health in California at ENACT Nutrition and Physical Activity Day. Attendees had the opportunity to hear about key legislation and learn some tips about meeting with legislators before conducting legislative visits later in the day. Here are some highlights from the day, with many posts from Twitter (#ENACT2015).
Assemblymember Phil Ting from San Francisco kicked things off with an introductory speech, acknowledging that legislators appreciate when their constituents visit with them about issues that impact the community.
Assemblymember Ting speaking at ENACT Day! "When we get people coming and talking to us makes huge impact." #ENACT2015
Tomorrow morning, advocates from across the state of California will converge on Sacramento for ENACT Nutrition and Physical Activity Day. We hope to see you at the Capitol – but you don’t have to be in Sacramento to participate in ENACT Day!
If you care about the curbing consumption of sugary drinks, making school zones safer places for students who walk and bike to school, stretching the dollars of people living in poverty when they use nutrition benefits at farmers markets, and ensuring that no students start the school day hungry, Virtual ENACT Day is the place to be.
Visit our online action center. We’ve got all the tools you need to be an outstanding e-advocate, from fact sheets and talking points to letters of support you can send directly to your legislators. If you’ll be in Sacramento tomorrow meeting with your legislators, encourage your friends and family back home to support you by joining Virtual ENACT Day.
Whether you’re joining us at the Capitol or from your desk, we want to thank you for speaking up for a healthier, safer and more equitable California.
Here’s how you can join the action on Virtual ENACT Day:
The event, which runs from 2 to 3:30 pm at the Capitol will feature an interesting panel discussion on how we can address health disparities by examining the social and environmental determinants of health. The panel will feature a diverse group of speakers, including:
Diabetes in California is reaching epidemic proportions. Over 2.3 million residents have been diagnosed with diabetes, with the majority suffering from type 2. Communities of color are disproportionately impacted by the disease, with Latinos and African Americans twice as likely to be diagnosed with type 2 diabetes and twice as likely to die from it.
We talk a lot about the work to address the social and environmental determinants of health here in California. But where does that work fall in the context of national efforts focusing on prevention and public health?
Next week (on March 19th), a web event co-hosted by Dialogue4Health, the American Public Health Association, Prevention Institute, Public Health Institute, and the Trust for America’s Health will highlight efforts across the country to promote prevention and strengthen population health. The event, Advancing Prevention and Population Health: New Year, New Efforts, New Opportunities, will stress the importance of continued funding for prevention work, strong partnerships among health advocates, and what needs to be done to build a culture of health.
Specifically, the event agenda includes:
An update on how children’s hospitals are working to advance population health;
Strategies from a public health department that is leading the way with elected officials and other stakeholders to build support for continuing public investments; and
A Congressional update about the current national funding landscape for public health.
Speakers from the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pension Committee, the Children’s Hospital Association, and the Minnesota Department of Public Health will be offering their insights on prevention and population health in 2015.
This should be an interesting forum for anyone working on addressing the social and environmental determinants of health. Perhaps you can pick up some new ideas or strategies based on the work going on at the national level and in other states.