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Nemours Children’s Health Experts Outline Key Population Health Strategies in International Journal
Authors address school health centers, population health networks, pediatric payment models
Nemours Children’s Health is pleased to share highlights from a special section on population health published in the February edition of Current Opinion in Pediatrics.
The special section includes an invited editorial from Kara Odom Walker, MD, MPH, MSHS, executive vice president and chief population health officer at Nemours Children’s Health, as well as three review articles from Nemours Children’s experts. The three Nemours-authored review articles summarize current evidence and provide a framework for strategies to advance key aspects of pediatric population health: population health networks, alternate payment models, and school-based health centers. The special section includes three additional articles from other noted experts in the field. Four of the six articles are open access, available at no cost to the field at large.
Nemours Children’s is honored to have participated in this special section along with other notable population health experts. Participation in the special section support the Nemours Children’s vision of creating the healthiest generations of children by caring for the whole child. Our bold strategy to redefine children’s health includes eliminating health disparities and helping communities thrive economically. For more on the Nemours Children’s Health approach to social and economic determinants of health, please visit the Well Beyond Medicine section of our website.
Special Section Contents
Editorial: new opportunities to create healthier generations of children
In her introduction, Dr. Walker sets the stage for the collection of articles to follow, writing that “social needs often have a greater impact on health outcomes than anything we do in the medical encounter. Understanding the range and opportunity to influence the lives of our patients and their families can help anyone who hopes to improve health.”
Author: Kara Odom Walker
Moving the needle on health inequities: principles and tactics for effective cross-sector population health networks (Open Access)
This article aims to summarize elements of cross-sector population health networks to support systems and policy change to achieve equitable access to health services and healthy development opportunities for young children and families, allowing everyone to have a fair and just opportunity to be as healthy as possible.
Authors: Allison Gertel-Rosenberg; Janet Viveiros; Alexander Koster; Georgia Thompson; Bilal Taylor; Kate Burke Blackburn; Cindy Bo
Paediatric alternative payment models: emerging elements (Open Access)
The aim of this study was to summarize emerging elements of paediatric alternative payment models (APMs), identify strategies to address barriers in implementing paediatric APMs and share policy approaches.
Authors: Daniella Gratale; Janet Viveiros; Katie Boyer
School-based health centers as a context to engage and serve communities
School-based health centers (SBHCs) primarily serve underserved students and families through removing barriers to care. The number of SBHCs have increased dramatically with investments from state-funding and federal-funding programs, including expanded funding from the American Rescue Plan. This article reviews findings on the perceived importance of school and community partnership. It also provides a critical review of the evidence base on impact on health, mental health, and education indicators.
Author: J.J. Cutuli
Clinical and public policy interventions to address food insecurity among children (Open Access)
Authors: Annelise Brochier; Arvin Garg; Alon Peltz
Addressing social determinants of health in pediatric health systems: balancing mission and financial sustainability
Author: Sanford M. Melzer
Inequality and child health: dynamic population health interventions (Open Access)
Authors: Neal Halfon; Shirley A. Russ; Robert S. Kahn