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Bridging the Gap between Individuals and Communities: A Focus on Population Health and Health Equity

Since 2009, Essential Hospitals Institute and Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit have partnered to support essential hospital members through research and quality improvement. That collaboration entered a new phase in June 2015, when Kaiser Permanente Community Benefit provided funds through The East Bay Community Foundation to support the Institute’s expanding priority areas: population health and health equity.

This focus reflects, in part, the demands of health care reform and the evolving landscape for hospitals and other providers under the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA). Among the law’s broad goals is a push toward population health-focused care that treats patients holistically and equitably.

Evidence shows that members of America’s Essential Hospitals already lead in this area, and the Kaiser funding expands the Institute’s capacity to support their ongoing work. Specifically, this funding allows the Institute to accomplish these things:

  • increase exposure to research and insights on population health and health equity
  • encourage use of population health tools in the assessment of programs within essential hospitals
  • broaden the understanding of innovative programs aimed at enhancing health equity within essential hospitals
  • disseminate information about the 100 Million Healthier Lives campaign

Learn more about the Institute’s specific priority areas related to this work:

Population Health » Health Equity »
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