The Affordable Care Act has catalyzed a time of immense opportunity for preventing illness, injuries, and health inequities. A community prevention approach, grounded in multi-sector partnerships, is key to supporting health system transformation and to developing a better understanding of the realities that healthcare, communities, families, and patients face daily. With decades of experience in promoting healthy community conditions, Prevention Institute offers prevention strategies that reduce healthcare demand and costs, as well as personal suffering. We're  partnering with healthcare, public health, and community leaders across the country to advance a system that addresses the community-level factors that support health and equity in the first place.

Prevention Institute works with partners across the country to advance prevention practice, and engages in legislative, administrative, and regulatory advocacy to support upstream prevention policies and investments that advance health, safety, and equity. Key projects and publications include:

  • Intersections Initiative

    Prevention Institute is partnering with the St. Joseph Health Community Partnership Fund and seven California-based community collaboratives working to improve health and equity. The collaboratives will address community factors that shape health, safety, and wellbeing—and provide a model for other healthcare systems that want to go beyond the exam room and into the community to address the underlying causes of illness and injury.

To improve health for everyone, we must transform community environments at the same time we provide high-quality, well-coordinated medical services. Developed by Prevention Institute in 2011, the Community-Centered Health Homes model shows how healthcare systems can support and engage in community prevention even as they continue to deliver high-quality clinical care. Key products and publications include:

  • Community-Centered Health Homes: Bridging Healthcare Services and Community Prevention, 2nd Edition

    This edition of the original Community-Centered Health Homes (CCHH) paper provides an updated description of the CCHH model based on the experiences of healthcare organizations piloting it, and offers practical strategies for implementation. The paper also includes a tool that healthcare organizations can use to assess what capacities they may need as they embark on efforts to improve community health.

  • Community-Centered Health Homes: Bridging Healthcare Services and Community Prevention

    A Community-Centered Health Home (CCHH) is a healthcare organization that acknowledges that factors outside the clinical setting affect patient health outcomes and actively participates in improving them. Watch this short, animated video for an introduction to how the CCHH model enables healthcare organizations to achieve positive changes in the policies, systems, and environments that shape health.

  • Community-Centered Health Homes Model Fact Sheet

    This fact sheet addresses basic questions about the Community-Centered Health Home (CCHH) model, including what a CCHH is, why healthcare organizations should consider implementing the model, and what we've learned from pilot sites across the country.

  • Introducing Community-Centered Health Homes

    In this five-minute video PI’s Larry Cohen describes the basic vision of the model, introducing it to health leaders in that state as they develop a demonstration project to put the model into practice.

Community prevention is a valuable strategy for reducing illness and injury in the first place while supporting the Triple Aim of improved population health, lower costs, and improved outcomes.  Prevention Institute envisions a transformed health delivery and payment system that advances health and equity through quality community-based prevention practices. Key products and publications include:

  • Accountable Communities for Health: Opportunities and Recommendations

    The Accountable Community for Health model is emerging as a promising vehicle toward reaching the full potential of the Triple Aim-particularly efforts to improve population health. Accountable Communities for Health: Opportunities and Recommendations, Prevention Institute's report for the state of Vermont, presents research and analysis conducted by Prevention Institute to inform the potential development and application of the Accountable Community for Health (ACH) model.

  • Disrupting the Pathway - A Prevention Approach to Medical High Utilization

    Disrupting the Pathway explores a primary prevention approach to reduce frequent utilization of high-cost healthcare services and includes model strategies that healthcare organizations and their community partners can collectively implement to improve community conditions that have a role in producing high utilization and subsequent costs. 

  • Closing the Loop: Why We Need to Invest—and Reinvest—in Prevention

    Published by the Institute of Medicine’s Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, Closing the Loop outlines some of the essential elements of sustainable funding mechanisms and argues that we need to “close the loop” by ensuring that when prevention efforts DO save money, substantial portions of that money get plowed back into prevention.