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Improving Community Health: How Organizations and Communities are Using Population Health Driver Diagrams

Related Categories: Quality Improvement

Topic: Performance Management and Quality Improvement

Author: Micaela Kirshy

Date: 9/21/2015

The Public Health Foundation (PHF) has been working with communities using population health driver diagrams to address a variety of community health challenges. Development and use of population health driver diagrams continues to expand as communities understand the value the framework offers. A population health driver diagram identifies primary and secondary drivers of an identified community health objective, and serves as a framework for determining and aligning actions that can be taken within a community for achieving the objective. This strategy relies on public health and healthcare to work collaboratively rather than competitively, offering far reaching potential for both sectors and the communities they serve. Grounded in the belief that public health and healthcare are more effective when they combine their efforts to address a health issue than when they work separately, the population health driver diagram framework can be used to tackle challenges at the crossroads of these two sectors. PHF offers customized on-site technical assistance to communities developing or implementing a population health driver diagram.

 

Currently, PHF is working with several groups to develop and/or use population health driver diagrams to help meet their community health objectives.

Use of population health driver diagrams in these various initiatives demonstrates the versatility of the framework for fostering collaboration among public health and healthcare to address community health challenges. The common theme across all of these initiatives is that collaborating and aligning efforts to address a community health challenge is far more effective and efficient than having sectors working separately and competitively.

Over the next several months, PHF looks forward to sharing the progress and results of these projects, and more information about how population health driver diagrams facilitate community collaboration to address health challenges.
 
For more information about any of these initiatives, contact Micaela Kirshy at mkirshy@phf.org or (202)218-4410.

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Improving Community Health: How Organizations and Communities are Using Population Health Driver Diagrams