Community Health Improvement
While primary care transformation is essential, we recognize that effective prevention cannot be achieved by the care delivery system or by public health agencies acting alone. A major part of our transformation strategy is to foster collaboration among the full range of healthcare providers, employers, schools, community-based organizations, and public agencies to collectively work to improve the health of populations within their community. Our approach to community health improvement comprises two elements:
Designated Prevention Service Centers (DPSCs) to strengthen community-based health services and linkages to primary healthcare.
Health Enhancement Communities (HECs) to target resources and facilitate coordination and collaboration among multiple sectors to improve public health and reduce avoidable health disparities in areas with the highest disease burden, poorest indicators of socioeconomic status and pervasive and persistent health disparities.