Disclaimer: Moving Health Care Upstream is a collaborative effort originally co-led by Nemours Children’s Health System (Nemours) and the Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities at the University of California- Los Angeles (UCLA). The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of Nemours, UCLA or the Moving Health Care Upstream initiative.
Community Health Improvement Week 2020 (June 6-12) is a time to celebrate and honor those working in partnership to improve the health and well-being of individuals and communities. This year, as our nation moves further toward recovery and rebuilding after the COVID-19 pandemic, the American Hospital Association is highlighting three themes during Community Health Improvement Week:
- Reflect on health disparities illuminated by the pandemic and consider further actions needed to improve the health and well-being of all people.
- Renew commitment to community health improvement, including working with cross-sector partners to better serve our communities.
- Rise Together to strengthen our communities through collaborative and creative work and investment in our neighborhoods and one another.
In this blog post, Nemours Children’s Health System offers reflections from participants in the Nemours 2020 Integrator Learning Lab on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the focus, functioning, and sustainability of their population health networks. We share these responses as an example of the Rise Together theme; interview responses illustrate the ability of strong population health networks to pivot in times of emergency to meet new demands. We believe many of the lessons learned from our partners are valuable to the field as we collectively try to understand the urgency of this moment; and the opportunity it creates to change the conversation on social determinants of health and cross-sector networks that are working to change systems and advance racial and health equity on an on-going basis.