The idea behind Moving Health Care Upstream is that new approaches are needed to address persistent and costly health inequities, and that improving measures of health and well-being for patients and entire communities (population health) requires strategic layering of upstream, midstream, and downstream tactics.
Content within this site seeks to accelerate the adoption of upstream strategies that produce large-scale, sustainable population health improvements with an emphasis on improvements among children and families.
Moving Health Care Upstream is an initiative of Nemours Children’s Health and advances Nemours’ Well Beyond Medicine efforts- which recognize that up to 80% of the impacts on children’s health take place outside medical settings, and which are focused on addressing root causes of poor health and health disparities.
Illustration Citation: “Meeting Individual Social Needs Falls Short Of Addressing Social Determinants Of Health,” Health Affairs Blog, January 16, 2019. DOI: 10.1377/hblog20190115.234942
Moving Healthcare Upstream (MHCU) was originally a collaborative effort co-led by the Nemours Children’s Health and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities. MHCU was launched in 2014 via inaugural funding from The Kresge Foundation.
Though the original MHCU initiative sunsetted in 2018, Nemours continues to advance the work and maintain the MHCU website to spotlight upstream work led by Nemours and in the field at large.