Online Program

Integrating Primary Care and Public Health through Prevention: Leading Wedge Policies to Create the Healthiest Nation in a Generation

Monday, November 2, 2015: 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Integration of primary care and public health through evidence-based community and clinical preventive health services is foundational to improving population health. Healthy People 2020 and CDC reports document widespread suboptimal levels of recommended use of preventive services among the US population. For example, most recent use among US adults to prevent premature death and substantial morbidity due to heart disease, stroke, cancer, and influenza found hypertension control of 48.9% (among hypertensive patients), colorectal screening of 59.2%, and influenza vaccination of 42.2%. Use of preventive services among adults also varies by segments of the population, with lower use often observed among low-income and some racial and ethnic minority populations principally because of limited access to health care services. With new opportunities provided by the Affordable Care Act, this panel of national organizations for primary care and public health will highlight opportunities taken and challenges identified in addressing and improving integration of health services in the United States to create the healthiest nation in a generation.
Session Objectives: Describe evidence-based strategies that national primary care organizations have or will undertake to integrate with public health to improve population health, particularly to improve health of the most vulnerable populations. Discuss national priorities of the CDC and ASTHO in integrating community and clinical preventive services. Identify three strategies that you will promote in integrating primary care and public health across all sectors.
Sonja Hutchins, MD. MPH, DrPH, FACPM and Julie Graves, MD, MPH, PhD, FAAFP
Sonja Hutchins, MD. MPH, DrPH, FACPM and Gail Bellamy, PhD

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