The panel assembled for the Interdisciplinary Association for Population Health Science 2018 Conference presented research findings from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Systems for Action research program.
Social, economic, and environmental conditions strongly influence population health, but too often the services and supports designed to improve these conditions – such as housing, transportation, or financial assistance – are disconnected from the medical and public health services tasked with improving health. Delivery and financing systems for medical, social, and public health services operate largely in isolation from each other despite pursuing many common goals and serving overlapping populations. These systems interact in complex and often poorly understood ways through fragmented funding vehicles, information systems, governance and decision-making structures, implementation rules and strategies, and professional practices. New research is needed to untangle these interactions and test novel mechanisms for coordinating health and social services in ways that improve population health.
- Aligning Health & Social Systems to Improve Population Health: Networks, Governance & Information
Glen Mays, PhD, University of Kentucky
- Assessing the Carrying Capacity of the Local Nonprofit Sector in Supporting Population Health
Danielle Varda, PhD, Trailhead Institute (presented by Rachel Hogg-Graham, PhD, University of Kentucky)
- Testing a Shared Governance Model for Health and Social Service Delivery in East Harlem
Luke Sleiter, MPH, New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene
- Using Longitudinal Information on Unmet Needs to Target Supports for Vulnerable Seniors
David Meltzer, MD, PhD, University of Chicago