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RWJF Awards Seven Communities for Population Health Work

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has named seven communities as winners of their 2016 Culture of Health Prize.

Out of nearly 200 applicants, the awardees were chosen for their powerful work to enhance the lives of residents throughout their regions. Two of the winning communities are home to essential hospitals — KentuckyOne Health in Louisville, Ky., and Jackson Health System in Miami-Dade County, Fla.

Louisville received the Culture of Health Prize because of the community’s “collaboration, data driven decision-making, and a shared commitment to health anchor efforts.” Some of the initiatives named in the award include programs that offer economic opportunity through job training and education, as well as programs targeting racism and violence prevention.

One such program, launched by KentuckyOne Health and several partners, employs caseworkers from the community to reach at-risk young adults who have come to the emergency department (ED) with gun or knife wounds. KentuckyOne Health also was recognized for using data to identify “familiar faces,” or frequent users and connecting them to in-home preventive health services, such as nutrition and exercise counseling, to improve their health and reduce their need for hospital care.

Miami-Dade County was awarded for its “vibrant, collaborative, and coordinated approach to improved health.” Specifically, the Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade County — which includes approximately 900 member organizations and 300 partners — works to improve health in schools, neighborhood safety, and well-being for all. The consortium is a broad, multisectoral network that includes government agencies, nonprofits, restaurants, churches, broadcasters, universities, insurers, schools, city planners, and hospitals, such as Jackson Health System.

These two awardees are examples of the work being done in essential hospitals and communities across the country to embrace population health.

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Katherine Susman-Yi is a research analyst at America's Essential Hospitals.

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