Online Program

Community-Centered Health Homes: Bridging the gap between health services and local violence prevention efforts

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 10:30 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Larry Cohen, MSW, Prevention Institute, Oakland, CA

Violence is among the most serious health threats in the nation today. It is a leading cause of injury, disability, and premature death. Moreover, violence and fear of violence are major factors that worsen health disparities across populations. Violence is preventable. Evidence has shown that successful community level strategies that increase safety and reduce violence require comprehensive, collaborative and strategic plans. Local public health departments have unique skills for executing community prevention strategies that bring sectors together. Likewise added investment in community prevention and population health via the Affordable Care Act has strengthened the case for health care institution involvement in addressing community violence.

Currently there is an unique opportunity to connect multiple sectors to preventative efforts that address violence on a community level. One key opportunity is to integrate clinical service delivery with community prevention in order to reduce demand for resources and services; improve health, safety, and equity outcomes; and provide medical providers with skills and strategies to change the social circumstances that shape the health of their patients. This session presents the concept and elements of a “community-centered health home” (CCHH). The CCHH takes a step further than existing models by encouraging health care institutions to take an active role in improving their surrounding community's health and safety, in addition to their individual patients. The defining attribute of the CCHH is active involvement in community advocacy and systems change.

Learning Areas:

Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Explain the impacts and opportunities of the Affordable Care Act on community prevention efforts nationally. Identify at least two examples of public health’s success in helping to prevent violence. Identify ways to engage multiple facets of the health care profession in preventing violence on the community level.

Keyword(s): Violence Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I'm the founder and Executive Director of Prevention Institute, a national nonprofit that has helped to shape the way that the country thinks about health and safety: taking action to prevent illness and injury before they occur. Larry has advanced injury and violence prevention as critical elements of public health. Larry leads UNITY (Urban Networks to Increase Thriving Youth), a national initiative funded by the CDC to strengthen and support cities to effectively prevent violence.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.