Dr. Mays presented Income, Life Expectancy, and the Strength of Multi-Sector Networks for Population Health before the Prevention and Population Health Group at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Center (CMMI) in Baltimore, Md. Landmark research by Raj Chetty and colleagues finds wide geographic and intertemporal variation in the relationship between income and life expectancy in the U.S., using 1.4 billion administrative tax records from the IRS linked to nearly 7 million federal death records.Many questions remain about the underlying causes of these findings and their implications for policy. Another longitudinal data source, the National Longitudinal Survey of Public Health Systems, has followed more than 350 U.S. communities over more than 15 years to measure the types of population health activities implemented in these areas and the networks of community organizations that contribute to these activities. This study links Chetty’s income and life expectancy data with the 1998-2016 National Longitudinal Survey of Public Health Systems to examine whether and how the strength of multi-sector networks in population health influence income-related disparities in life expectancy over time.
The Innovation Center speaker series takes place each month for the CMMI staff, which is approximately 40 individuals with diverse health care backgrounds, will also be joined by other relevant staff across the Center. The goal of the series is to ensure that the staff is provided with stimulating new ideas and concepts, which can contribute to their professional and health care policy education and development. Speakers are encouraged to provide interactive, dynamic presentations. Prior speakers have included various nationally recognized leaders, and presentations have covered a broad range of topics.
The Prevention and Population Health Group at the Innovation Center is responsible for designing and implementing large Medicare and Medicaid pilot programs, and the team has created the Million Hearts Cardiovascular Risk Reduction Model (the nation’s largest test of a payment incentive for a specific disease’s prevention), the Accountable Health Communities model (a $157 million program focused on social determinants of health), and potential national expansion of the Diabetes Prevention Program, among many other projects.