Created in 2014, the BUILD Health Challenge (BUILD) is a collective effort to address the root causes of chronic disease that keep many Americans— especially our most medically and socially vulnerable—unhealthy. Their mission is to address the gaps between community health and available resources by working with local stakeholders, including community-based organizations, health systems, and local public health departments.
This initiative offers proven interventions that prevent chronic and infectious diseases by increasing their coverage, access, utilization and quality. 6|18 targets six common and costly health conditions – tobacco use, high blood pressure, healthcare-associated infections, asthma, unintended pregnancies, and diabetes – and, initially, 18 proven specific interventions that formed the starting point of discussions with purchasers, payers, and providers.
The Health Impact in 5 Years (HI-5) initiative highlights non-clinical, community-wide approaches that have evidence reporting 1) positive health impacts, 2) results within five years, and 3) cost effectiveness and/or cost savings over the lifetime of the population or earlier.
AAP offers a number of tool kits designed to equip pediatricians with the resources they need to address everything from food insecurity and poverty to toxic stress and resilience.
The Healthcare Anchor Network compiles best practices from various health systems in an attempt to improve community health and well-being and advance an anchor mission approach within their systems, communities, and health care sector.
CityHealth assesses the 40 largest cities in the United States on policies that make real and lasting impacts on individual’s quality of life and make recommendations based on evidence and backed by experts.
The Root Cause Coalition, a cross-sector collaboration, aims to end the systemic root causes of health inequities for individuals and communities and seeks to uphold its four core values: focusing on community change, advancing authentic collaboration, scaling innovative solutions, and engaging and learning from communities.
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation developed a new framework for talking about the social determinants of health for those working in the field, as well as for policymakers. The framework was designed to talk about the social determinants in a meaningful, easy to understand way and one that did not align social determinants with existing political perspectives or agendas.
With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened an ad hoc, expert committee to consider solutions that could be identified, developed, and implemented at the local or community level to advance health equity. In the resulting report, Communities in Action: Pathways to Health Equity, the committee identifies the major elements of effective or promising solutions and their key levers, policies, stakeholders, and other elements needed to be successful.
Healthy People 2020’s vision is a society in which all people live long, healthy lives. Healthy People 2020 incorporates input from a diverse group of individuals and organizations and provides science-based, 10-year national objectives for improving the health of Americans. Healthy People monitors progress over time to “encourage collaborations across communities and sectors, empower individuals toward making informed health decisions, and measures the impact of prevention activities.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) provides resources for social determinants of health data, tools for action, programs, and policy and can be used by a variety of stakeholders in public health, community organizations, and health care systems to improve community well being.
AHA, HRET, and ACHI work together to support hospitals and health systems address social determinants of health, eliminate health care disparities, and provide comprehensive care to every patient in the community in order to improve community health. They are developing resources to help hospitals understand how they can address the social determinants of health within their communities, including eight social determinants of health (food, housing, transportation, health behaviors, education, social support, violence, and employment).