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Overview

How do communities protect and improve the health of their populations? Health care is part of the answer but so are environmental protections, social and educational services, adequate nutrition, and a host of other activities.
With concern over funding constraints, making sure such activities are efficient and effective is becoming a high priority.
Improving Health in the Community explains how population-based performance monitoring programs can help communities point their efforts in the right direction.
Within a broad definition of community health, the committee addresses factors surrounding the implementation of performance monitoring and explores the "why" and "how to" of establishing mechanisms to monitor the performance of those who can influence community health. The book offers a policy framework, applies a multidimensional model of the determinants of health, and provides sets of prototype performance indicators for specific health issues.
Improving Health in the Community presents an attainable vision of a process that can achieve community-wide health benefits.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Reviewer: Bernard J. Turnock, MD, MPH (University of Illinois at Chicago)
Description: This book examines the status of community health planning and provides recommendations for enhancement of these processes through greater emphasis on linking key stakeholders to community health objectives through performance monitoring.
Purpose: A special committee of the Institute of Medicine developed this report after conducting a series of national workshops to inform their process.
Audience: Several audiences will find this report of interest. Community health assessments and community action plans are increasing across the U.S., in terms of their number and comprehensiveness. In capturing the state-of-the-art and advancing recommendations for focused enhancements, this book will appeal mainly to public health professionals, health planners, and students. Other community partners involved in participatory community health planning processes will also find this book of interest.
Features: The key feature of this book is its thoughtful presentation of the current state of community health improvement processes and its recommendations for enhancements of these efforts. The book also has extensive information on the process undertaken by the panel developing this report and on prototypes of performance measures for several health outcomes.
Assessment: This book will be quite useful in advancing community health improvement efforts by placing the credibility of the Institute of Medicine behind them. The book does not greatly extend the state-of-the-art, but it nicely summarizes and documents a rational framework for these processes. As these efforts expand, this book will become more useful in its appeal to health professionals and other audiences.
Bernard J. Turnock
This book examines the status of community health planning and provides recommendations for enhancement of these processes through greater emphasis on linking key stakeholders to community health objectives through performance monitoring. A special committee of the Institute of Medicine developed this report after conducting a series of national workshops to inform their process. Several audiences will find this report of interest. Community health assessments and community action plans are increasing across the U.S., in terms of their number and comprehensiveness. In capturing the state-of-the-art and advancing recommendations for focused enhancements, this book will appeal mainly to public health professionals, health planners, and students. Other community partners involved in participatory community health planning processes will also find this book of interest. The key feature of this book is its thoughtful presentation of the current state of community health improvement processes and its recommendations for enhancements of these efforts. The book also has extensive information on the process undertaken by the panel developing this report and on prototypes of performance measures for several health outcomes. This book will be quite useful in advancing community health improvement efforts by placing the credibility of the Institute of Medicine behind them. The book does not greatly extend the state-of-the-art, but it nicely summarizes and documents a rational framework for these processes. As these efforts expand, this book will become more useful in its appeal to health professionals and other audiences.
Booknews
Outlines the elements of a continuing, community-based health improvement process that combines a collaborative approach with population-based performance monitoring as a tool for achieving accountability for action. Consider issues communities face in health assessment and addressing specific health concerns, offers guidance for selecting performance indicators, and illustrates the application of the approach with several prototype performance indicator sets for areas such as elder health, violence, and depression. For policymakers and community health administrators. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780309055345
  • Publisher: National Academies Press
  • Publication date: 4/18/1997
  • Series: Improving Health Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.29 (w) x 9.33 (h) x 1.55 (d)

Table of Contents

Executive Summary 1
1 Introduction 23
2 Understanding Health and Its Determinants 40
3 Managing a Shared Responsibility for the Health of a Community 59
4 A Community Health Improvement Process 77
5 Measurement Tools for a Community Health Improvement Process 126
6 Conclusions and Recommendations 166
App. A Prototype Performance Indicator Sets 183
App. B Methodological Issues in Developing Community Health Profiles and Performance Indicator Sets 360
App. C Using Performance Monitoring to Improve Community Health: Exploring the Issues (Workshop Summary) 374
App. D Using Performance Monitoring to Improve Community Health: Conceptual Framework and Community Experience (Workshop Summary) 416
App. E Committee Biographies 452
Acronyms 460
Index 463
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