The Public Health Foundation (PHF), with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
(RWJF), developed and is now using a population health driver diagram
framework to address different aspects of diabetes prevention and control in three Texas regions. PHF has been testing an innovative approach to addressing community health challenges focusing on collaboration and alignment between public h
ealth, health care, and community organizations. Grounded in the belief that public health, health care, and community stakeholders are more effective when they combine their efforts to address an issue than when they work separately, this approach is being used to tackle diabetes prevention and control.
A Diabetes Population Health Driver Diagram has been developed
by each of the three Texas regions to meet each region’s unique needs and will be refined throughout the initiative as th
e regions explor
e new and innovative ways to address diabetes as a population health challenge. The driver diagrams are helping community stakeholders collaborate by identifying and implementing interventions that are able to be alig
ned across these stakeholders to address diabetes prevention and control. In addition, the regions will use the driver diagrams to help them achieve greater health equity within their communities
and improve the value of community health investments. Working together, community stakeholders will establish measures and targets to monitor their progress throughout this initiative. PHF is providing technical assistance
to the collaboratives formed
in each Texas region, including the use of quality improvement strategies to help develop, implement, track progress of, and improve interventions to help achieve measureable results.