Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

New Phase of "Health of the Public" Program Announced

Academic journal article Health Care Financing Review

New Phase of "Health of the Public" Program Announced

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Academic health centers will be called on to refocus their activities from highly technical medical care to meeting the basic health care needs of the public in a new phase of the "Health of the Public" program, The Pew Charitable Trusts and The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced recently. The Rockefeller Foundation will also participate in the program. Under the second phase of Health of the Public, up to 30 of the university-based health centers will receive grants. The program will be supported by approximately $8 million over a 3-year period.

The program asks applicants to pursue the objectives and mission of the original Health of the Public program, a Pew/Rockefeller Foundation initiative that was established in 1986 and currently involves 17 academic health centers. Under the original program, grantees developed strategies--from curriculum reform efforts to prevention programs in the community--that led their academic health centers to tackle the problems of the high cost of care, the unfavorable distribution of physicians, and substandard quality of care. The new program will emphasize the involvement of the academic health center in the community.

"The next phase of the program will increase the number of participating institutions committed to community-based and preventive medicine," said Rebecca W. Rimel, executive director of The Pew Charitable Trusts. "As the health care environment adjusts to an increasing prevalence of chronic conditions, an aging population, and a growing underclass, academic health centers must be the leaders in meeting the needs of society. …

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