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Published on Dec 8, 2016
Presenter: Joshua Vest, PhD, MPH; Director, Center for Health Policy and Associate Professor of Health Policy & Management, Indiana University Richard M Fairbanks School of Public Health - Indianapolis; Affiliated Scientist, Regenstrief Institute
Commentary: Katie Sendze, MBA, Director of Client Services, HealthInfoNet, Maine’s Health Information Exchange, Portland, Maine
Using retrospective studies and a prospective randomized controlled trial, the investigators are examining the effectiveness of strategies to integrate the delivery of medical, public health, and social services for low-income populations receiving care through Indianapolis’ network of federally qualified health centers. The integration strategies under study include the use of population health nurses who conduct home and community visits, the use of interdisciplinary case conferences involving medical and public health professionals, and a novel electronic decision support tool that combines clinical, social, and public health data to better characterize the social and physical environments in which patients live. This research seeks to provide insights into the value of integrated approaches to health delivery and how public health organizations can contribute to efforts of the health care and social and community services systems.