142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Zip Code Trumps Genetic Code: Trusts, Social Bonds and Convergence

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

John Auerbach, MBA , Institute on Urban Health Research, Northeastern University, Boston, MA
When it comes to health, place matters.  To provide the necessary resources for community-level, policy-oriented, and broad-based prevention and health promotion initiatives, I will highlight some of the latest, and most promising, developments in the field.  I will focus on the significant steps that have been taken over the last two years to move us away from reliance on short-term grants, to make the difference in improving overall health.  I will focus on efforts to develop trusts (e.g., the Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust), social bonds and major investments of banks (e.g., a Federal Reverve endeavor to fund community development with healthful benefits), the creation of population health metrics that encourage the allocation of a portion of insurance funding to primary prevention (e.g., multiple and concurrent/convergence efforts at the CDC, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation, the Institute of Medicine and the National Quality Forum), and convergence funding (e.g., the widespread linkage of private and public funding to support non-traditional sector changes).  In each of these instances I will offer a general approach, the latest indication that this process is being attempted and a local example of what this has looked like at the community level. I will also offer preliminary findings that health has improved and/or costs decreased, if they become available.

Learning Areas:

Diversity and culture
Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Explain the power of prevention. Explain the power of community engagement. Explain the power of convergence and convergence funding.

Keyword(s): Prevention, Public Health Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been a city health commissioner and a state health commissioner. I am now the director of a university-based research institute with a focus on health care and payment reform and on health equity. I work as a consultant and/or contractor to CDC, ASTHO and the RWJ Foundation.
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.