AAA Network Showcased at National Academies Workshop on Population Health
A recent workshop hosted in Washington, DC by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine addressed community partnerships and their effect on population health. n4a member A.J. Diamontopolous, Accountable Health Communities Project Manager with the Denver Regional Council of Governments AAA, and Marisa Scala-Foley, Director of n4a's Aging and Disability Business Institute, presented at the workshop.
The event was entitled Models for Population Health Improvement by Health Care Systems and Partners: Tensions and Promise on the Path Upstream and was part of the larger Roundtable on Population Health Improvement.
Population health is top of mind for many public health professionals, but it is also a growing topic of concern for AAAs. The way health care systems and CBOs work with AAAs makes a difference in population health, specifically that of older adults. Population health improvement cannot be done by hospitals and doctors alone. The community partnerships AAAs work to create with health care systems are integral to improving population health, because they serve the community on a daily basis and take the social determinants of health into consideration.
In their presentations, A.J. discussed their AAA's experience as one of CMS's Accountable Health Communities; Marisa talked about the Business Institute's survey results on contracting between health care entities and AAAs and other CBOs.
You can find more information about the Aging and Disability Business Institute on their website.