Promoting a culture of health

Interest in improving health in communities has gained momentum among community members, including those in the business of providing for the public’s health.

To be effective in this effort, health systems and public health entities are forming collaborations with others to take on local needs. The webcast Unique insights and approaches to population health highlights the findings of 12 successful collaborations (download the webcast presentation). It provides proven recommendations for current or potential partnerships.

Find out more about the study, and download the report: Improving Community Health through Hospital-Public Health Collaborations. Leading the discussion were the study’s principal investigator Dr. Lawrence Prybil, the Norton Professor in Healthcare Leadership and associate dean of the University of Kentucky College of Public Health and study contributor, and Anne McGeorge, Grant Thornton LLP Health Care national managing partner.

The webcast moderator was John Summerlin, Grant Thornton Health Care Advisory Services senior manager.

Dr. Lawrence Prybil began the discussion: “The study that we just completed had a very simple purpose, rooted in the feeling of many people in our health care field and society today that we need to create more collaboration between the public sector and the private sector if we really want to improve the health of the communities that we all serve.”

He concluded the discussion with both a caution and an encouragement: “Improving community health status is not for the faint of heart. It’s tough work, and we’ve got to stick with it for the long haul. Bending these big health status outcome curves is tough. But the value and potential benefits are enormous.”

The webcast discussion highlighted select recommendations from the report:

Partnership composition
Goals and measurements
Funding sources
Board involvement

See Improving Community Health through Hospital-Public Health Collaborations to read the study report.

 Dr Lawrence Prybil
Lawrence Prybil, LFACHE
Norton Professor in Healthcare Leadership
Associate Dean, College of Public Health
University of Kentucky

Dr. Lawrence Prybil is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives and has served on the governing boards of hospitals, multiunit health systems, state hospital associations, the American Hospital Association, and other nonprofit and investor-owned organizations. He is recognized for his expertise in organizational governance and leadership, and has directed studies of governance structures, practices, and cultures in nonprofit hospitals and systems.

Anne McGeorge
National Managing Partner, Health Care
Grant Thornton LLP
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Anne McGeorge is in charge of Grant Thornton LLP’s Health Care practice and has represented health care clients for almost 25 years. She oversees the service offerings to health care clients around the country, including audit, tax, valuation, reimbursement assistance, internal controls consulting, security risk consulting, litigation support, M&A, compensation consulting, and compliance with laws and regulations such as the Affordable Care Act and SOX. She has worked extensively with community hospitals; large health systems; academic medical centers; physician practices; and managed care, health plan and purchasing organizations.

John Summerlin
John Summerlin
Senior Manager, Health Care Advisory Services
Grant Thornton LLP
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John Summerlin is responsible for leading projects with provider and payor clients. He is experienced in managed care contracting, operations improvement and strategy development in a provider setting, and has operations and process improvement experience in both traditional health payor and pharmacy benefit manager settings.