Beyond patient-centered care, this chapter has described how integrating services among and across health care organizations and community-based organizations can improve health and address complex care needs. Further, partnerships between health care organizations and public health systems can advance community health goals. Recommendation 5 describes the broad actions that different stakeholders need to take to improve coordination and partnerships between and among the health care system, community resources, and public health bodies. Further, the recommendation introduces two specific actions that can be taken to produce change immediately by rewarding care that improves population health and by increasing the accuracy of metrics that measure population health.
Recommendation 5: Community Links
Promote community-clinical partnerships and services aimed at managing and improving health at the community level. Care delivery and community-based organizations and agencies should partner with each other to develop cooperative strategies for the design, implementation, and accountability of services aimed at improving individual and population health.
Strategies for progress toward this goal: