Financing Population Health Improvement - Workshop Summary


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Despite spending far more on medical care than any other nation and despite having seen a century of unparalleled improvement in population health and longevity, the United States has fallen behind many of its global counterparts and competitors in such health outcomes as overall life expectancy and rates of preventable diseases and injuries. A fundamental but often overlooked driver of the imbalance between spending and outcomes is the nation’s inadequate investment in non-clinical strategies that promote health and prevent disease and injury population-wide, strategies that fall under the rubric of “population health.”

To explore the range of resources that might be available to provide a secure funding stream for non-clinical actions to enhance health, the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement held a public workshop on February 6, 2014, that featured a number of presentations and discussions, beginning with an overview of the range of potential resources (for example, financial, human, and community) and followed by an in-depth exploration of several dimensions related to financial resources.