Transforming Our Health System through Accountable Communities for Health
Transforming Our Health System through Accountable Communities for Health (ACHs): Progress to Date and Policy Recommendations Accountable Communities for Health bring together individuals and organizations from across sectors, including health care institutions, public health, safety, social service agencies, community-based organizations, the justice system, and businesses to improve the health of the community through coordination, collaboration, and joint accountability. This collective action approach is attracting growing national attention from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and policymakers across the country who realize that key determinants of good health go well beyond just the health care system. Such efforts are producing real outcomes in health as well as savings. Successful ACH experiments in multiple states are supported by federal and state funds, in addition to private philanthropy. This briefing will feature an overview of successful ACHs, national and state policies that foster ACH growth, and evidence of their effectiveness. Presenters will summarize successes of California’s pilot ACH model and share a case study from San Diego. A national expert will explain how California’s efforts are contributing to national momentum as well as how ACHs may fit into California’s agenda to achieve universal coverage/a single-payer system. Additional community representatives will be present to respond to questions. Speakers: Katherine Bailey, MSW, executive director, San Diego ACH Eliot Fishman, PhD, senior policy director, Families USA Jeff Levi, PhD, professor of Health Policy and Management, George Washington University MaryAnne Lindeblad, MPH, director health care authority, State of Washington Barbara Masters, MA, director, California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative Briefing Hosts: California Accountable Communities for Health Initiative (CACHI): Supported by seven funders, CACHI is a forward-looking approach to building a healthier California. Thirteen sites throughout the state are tackling complex issues such as trauma, substance use, cardiovascular disease, asthma, and community violence. The Initiative was spawned by the Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force and State Health Care Innovation Plan and is entering its fourth year. Funders Forum on Accountable Health: Hosted by George Washington University’s School of Public Health, the Forum creates a common table for public and philanthropic funders of ACHs to share learnings and open the door for future collaboration. The Forum also explores best practices in assessing the impact of ACHs on population health.
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