National Academy of Medicine

Using a Population Health Driver Diagram to Support Health Care and Public Health Collaboration

By Ron Bialek, Jack Moran, Micaela Kirshy
February 04, 2015 | Discussion Paper

In its report The Future of the Public’s Health in the 21st Century, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) calls for significant movement in “building a new generation of intersectoral partnerships that draw on the perspectives and resources of diverse communities and actively engage them in health action” (IOM, 2002). Although public health programs and services were traditionally delivered mainly by governmental health departments, today we see public health services and programs delivered by other governmental agencies, health care institutions, community-based organizations, and the other private sector organizations. With health care reform, the large share of the U.S. gross domestic product going toward health care, and the need to get greater value from the health care dollar, there is a growing recognition that the health care and public health sectors in individual communities and across the nation must work to align their efforts to improve health outcomes.

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