Written by Kate Blackburn, MSW; Senior Program & Policy Analyst; Nemours Children’s Health System
Disclaimer: Moving Health Care Upstream is a collaborative effort 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.
Research demonstrates that improving population health and achieving health equity also will require broader approaches that address social, economic, and environmental factors that influence health – the “upstream,” root causes of disease. Health systems can address persistent and costly health inequities by moving beyond the walls of hospitals and doctor’s offices and into the communities, collaborating with community-based organizations to address the root causes of disease. [Read more…]