Disclaimer: Moving Health Care Upstream is a collaborative effort originally co-led by Nemours Children’s Health 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 Children’s, UCLA or the Moving Health Care Upstream initiative.
Moving the needle on measures of health and wellbeing for everyone living in a community requires collaboration between systems and sectors.
Bringing systems, sectors, and resources together to foster healthy, thriving communities is part of being a population health integrator. In addition to setting the table for population health networks to exist, integrators are organizations that agree to share responsibility for activities that strengthen and sustain networks- ensuring that network governance and leadership structures are inclusive, establishing data-sharing among network partners, building partner capacity, establishing joint advocacy agendas, planning for network sustainability, and the list goes on…
- With limited time and resources, how can population health integrators decide WHICH integrative activities to prioritize?
- And once they’ve decided, HOW do networks put these activities into action within day-to-day network operations?
- These action-oriented toolkits guide networks in making smart choices about which integrative activities to focus on and how to move into action as they collaborate to build health- including tools for assessment, alignment, action planning, and implementation.
We invite you to share your reflections and insights on the tools by emailing us at [email protected].
Toolkits were developed by Nemours Children’s Health as part of its Exploring the Roles & Functions of Health Systems within Population Health Integrator Networks initiative, with support from The Kresge Foundation.