A famous ancient African proverb states, “It Takes a Village to Raise a Child.” This proverb can just as easily apply to health improvement efforts as well. In today’s ever-changing environment, it takes a village to improve healthcare. And the case can be made that healthcare improvement should take place at the “village” or local community level.
Many factors influence people’s health, such as social, economic, physical environments and personal behaviors. Dealing with these “determinants of health” often does not necessitate medical solutions. Increasingly, communities need to work together to address the factors that influence a person’s health. Today, health issues often can be addressed most effectively in a coordinated and collaborative way involving all stakeholders from providers, payers, to health systems, and a wide variety of sectors like transportation, employers, education, and others, as well as consumers.
The New York State Population Health Improvement Program (PHIP) is designed to provide a means for these stakeholders to come together to identify and address local health issues. Its primary focus is to help local communities in achieve the “Triple Aim” of a better patient experience of care (quality and satisfaction), better population health, and lower health care costs.
The role of the P² Collaborative is to convene stakeholders and provide a “neutral table” to spur community-wide discussions about regional health priorities and to share and help implement best practices and strategies to promote population health. By serving as a valuable source for local data and analytics, P² will continue to help the community prioritize issues, establish measures to evaluate the health of the community, and establish metrics to track progress towards improved community health.
A key value of PHIP is that it provides services that are not provided elsewhere. PHIP contractors, such as P² serve as resources for Medicaid Redesign strategic planning and coordination efforts and for local Performing Providers Systems (PPSs) under the Delivery Reform System Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program. However, PHIPs go beyond DSRIP PPSs by engaging all service providers - health, mental health, social services, transportation, long term care, business, etc. - regardless of their funding stream.
Through PHIP, health improvement at the grassroots level benefits our community by recognizing that healthcare is local and that issues and needs differ community by community. In many ways, the PHIPs are to healthcare what the Regional Economic Development Councils are to local economies: they convene stakeholders, facilitate consensus around regional goals and strategies, and leverage resources towards transformative multi-stakeholder efforts.
For more information on PHIP, please contact Karen Hall, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 716.923.6576.