Working Together Toward Better Health Outcomes

Working Together Toward Better Health Outcomes

Healthcare organizations and community-based organizations that provide human services are forming various partnerships that lead to better health outcomes, a report from the Nonprofit Finance Fund, the Center for Health Care Strategies, and the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities finds. Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and based on a survey of more than two hundred such partnerships, the report, Working Together Toward Better Health Outcomes (20 pages, PDF), found that integrated models of care have helped people get and stay well by supporting care coordination and/or addressing the social determinants of health. Partnerships most commonly provided services aimed at addressing near-term clinical needs, such as reducing hospital admissions or length of stay, while fully two-thirds of survey respondents reported expanding their skills and capacity and realizing cost savings through joint efforts. Lessons learned from the partnerships include the importance of developing shared goals, having a formal agreement in place, developing a sustainable funding model, engaging a wide range of stakeholders, and being adaptable.