National Academy of Medicine

Five Lessons from the Super Bowl for Improving Population Health

By Judith Monroe
March 11, 2014 | Discussion Paper

In this discussion paper, Judy Monroe finds parallels between what it takes to win at football and to improve health in communities. In both cases, winning requires a well supported lead player the football quarterback and the community integrator or quarterback who forms the core of a winning strategy, along with fundamentals, team effort, visibility and value, and the 12th man (the fans, or the support of the community). Because communities are different, and their resources and needs vary, winning will mean a lower rate of diabetes, or a drop in heart disease. But every community requires a quarterback – for example, an organization or group that can help craft a vision and inspire the community and other partners, attract funding and use it effectively, and rally a team to plan and implement actions that will help to achieve the vision.

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