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Building Health-Creating Systems
In this article, IHI CEO Kedar Mate describes five key features of health-creating systems. He also suggests that health care leaders can use quality as the compass for building such systems.
A Guide for Health Systems to Save Lives from “Deaths of Despair” and Improve Community Well-Being
This guide provides recommendations and guidance for health care systems to improve mental health and well-being in the communities they serve, focusing specifically on saving lives from deaths of despair (i.e., deaths due to drugs, alcohol, and suicide).
100 Million Healthier Lives Community Transformation Resources
This collection of resources, developed as part of the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative (100MLives), helps communities accelerate progress toward ensuring they are healthy and equitable places for everyone who lives there.
100 Million Healthier Lives: Using Improvement Science to Accelerate Community Transformation
This collection of resources, developed as part of the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative (100MLives), provides practical guidance on how to use improvement methods and tools in community-based settings to advance health, well-being, and equity.
100 Million Healthier Lives Health and Well-Being Measurement Approach and Assessment Tools
These tools and resources, developed as part of the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative, help individuals, organizations, and communities measure what matters most to advance health, well-being, and equity at multiple levels and across topics.
100 Million Healthier Lives Engaging People with Lived Experience Tools
This collection of resources, developed as part of the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative, provides key information and tools to support communities and organizations to authentically engage people with lived experience in co-design and implementation efforts.
100 Million Healthier Lives Advancing Equity Tools
These tools and resources, developed as part of the 100 Million Healthier Lives initiative, support communities' efforts to prioritize equity in an authentic and deep way and address racism as a determinant of health as they work toward achieving improvements in health and well-being.
Well-Being in the Nation: A Living Library of Measures to Drive Multi-Sector Population Health Improvement and Address Social Determinants
This article describes the approach led by 100 Million Healthier Lives, a collaboration of partners across sectors convened by the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, to support the measurement of health and well-being at local, state, and national levels.
Thriving Together: A Springboard for Equitable Recovery and Resilience in Communities across America
This guide highlights numerous actions that communities, organizations, businesses, governments, and funders can take in the wake of COVID-19 and other related threats to the US — to create the vital conditions that all people and places need to thrive.
The Moral Determinants of Health
Six items are proposed as an "agenda for action" that physicians, nurses, and US health care institutions could help lead as a shared endeavor for securing the health of communities.
WIHI: Which Way Is North? Setting Your Compass for Population Health
February 13, 2020 | Actions to improve population health are common among health systems, but how can they ensure lasting, positive changes? Tune in to learn more about the Pathways to Population Health Compass.
WIHI: Addiction Treatment Demystified: Proven, Practical Steps for Complex Care
June 21, 2018 | The burgeoning field of “complex care” is identifying new interventions to better address a broad set of needs, including treatment for addiction.
WIHI: Strategic Pathways to Population Health
June 7, 2018 | Health systems face numerous challenges in their efforts to improve population health. What makes a comprehensive strategy, and where do health care systems start?
Integrating Behavioral Health in the Emergency Department and Upstream
This IHI Innovation Report discusses barriers to integrating behavioral health in the ED, and presents five drivers (emerging from six key themes from existing approaches) that form the building blocks of a theory of change for making improvements in this area.
Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems: How to Meet the Needs of a Growing Population of Older Adults
This article explains an emerging care model for older adults focused on the “4Ms” of Age-Friendly Health Systems — What Matters, Mobility, Medications, and the Mentation of older adults — that is in the testing phase at five health systems, as part of the Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative led by IHI.
Postal Service “Call & Check Visits” for Isolated, Frail Elderly in the Community
This case study from the IHI/Commonwealth Fund International Program for US Health Care System Innovation describes the "Call & Check Visits” program developed by Jersey Post in Jersey, British Channel Islands, in which postal service workers check on isolated, frail elderly residents in the community, deliver prescription refills, remind clients of upcoming medical visits, and ask about their health and social needs.
The Age-Friendly Health System Imperative
The article gives an overview of how five early-adopter US health systems — working in partnership with IHI and The John A. Hartford Foundation as part of the Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative — are testing prototype models for age-friendly care using continuous improvement efforts to streamline and enhance new approaches to geriatric care.
Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems: A Vision for Better Care of Older Adults
This article describes the background, evidence-based changes, and testing, scale-up, and spread strategy that are part of the design of the Creating Age-Friendly Health Systems initiative to improve care for older adults.
WIHI: How to Fail Forward (Quickly) on the Road to Population Health
June 29, 2017 | Learning from failure is an important part of the quality improvement process in health care. Groups focused on improving the health of communities are also discovering the value of "failing forward;" leveraging the learning from failure to accelerate progress.
WIHI: Claiming the Edge with Quality Improvement in Communities
February 23, 2017 | Communities in Wisconsin, Scotland, and Boston are building coalitions to change the trajectory of people’s lives and health for the better. Using quality improvement methods and tools to tackle socioeconomic issues is proving to be a game changer in all three locations.
Improving the Health of Populations
With the rapid growth of accountable care organizations, health care delivery organizations are expanding their scope of accountability and changing how they identify and define their immediate goals and longer-term aspirations. Yet the terms to describe this approach — “population health” and “population management” — are often used interchangeably. This article makes the case that a common language is needed, provides clarification around terminology, and offers five questions for health care leaders to explore.
Healthy Shelby: A Triple Aim Improvement Story
This Triple Aim improvement story examines the work of the Healthy Shelby Initiative in Tennessee, a community pursuing a regional focus to improve population health by linking public health, hospitals, health care providers, social service providers, academic institutions, the faith community, local government, and funders to work together to tackle some of the county’s most critical health problems: infant mortality, chronic disease management, and end-of-life care.
WIHI: Relationships Count: Community Health Workers and Team-Based Care
October 15, 2015 | Community health workers (CHWs) are increasingly being utilized to bridge gaps for patients between health care, home, and the community. This WIHI explores the growing interest in CHWs that is sparking some important discussions and the development of innovative programs.
Signature Healthcare: A Triple Aim Improvement Story
By creating a process to improve care for the frail elderly Medicare population with complex needs, and by building the supporting infrastructure in primary care, Signature Healthcare was successful in decreasing emergency department utilization and reducing acute admissions while maintaining patient satisfaction. The organization was a participant in the IHI Triple Aim Community from 2012 to 2014.
Assessing Community Health Needs
This article presents four practical ways hospital leaders can improve the linkage between the community health needs assessment process, community benefit spending, and efforts to improve population health in the communities they serve.