Civitas Networks for Health is a national collaborative comprised of member organizations working to use health information exchange, health data, and multi-stakeholder, cross-sector approaches to improve health.
In follow up to Civitas Networks for Health and Maryland Health Care Commission’s Health Data Utility Issue Brief, the goal is for the Framework to assist collaborators and entities within states in assessing their current readiness level, identifying next steps, and actioning or furthering implementation of Health Data Utilities.
In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, community leaders have rallied to address the unique health and health care needs of their neighbors. Civitas stands with and champions these local health care innovators – amplifying their voices at the national level and supporting the exchange of resources and ideas among their programs.
With generous support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), Civitas Networks for Health has partnered with the Gravity Project® leadership, Health Level Seven® (HL7®), and various Civitas members to facilitate the dissemination and implementation of Gravity Project standards through Q4 2023. Our efforts involve engaging with national, regional, and local community partners to gain insights from and provide support for the Gravity pilots work stream.
“As we work to improve health throughout the country there is increasing recognition for addressing health-related social needs and a growing understanding that about 80% of what makes someone well will be determined outside of the realm of health care. In the past five years, there has been increased attention to addressing social determinants of health (SDOH), recognizing factors like housing, food security, transportation, education, and employment as crucial to health outcomes. However, a deeper layer of systems and structures exists beneath these social factors that need to be examined to advance health equity: the political determinants of health (PDOH).”
“In this blog post, we’ll underscore the importance of addressing PDOH to achieve health equity, through the viewpoint of recent roundtable discussions Civitas held with its members.”
Exploring Political Determinants of Health, the Impact on Health Equity, and Key Strategies for Effective Advocacy – Written by Jolie Ritzo, VP of Network Engagement, Civitas Networks for Health
Today the Civitas network represents more than 160 member organizations and business partners moving and using data to improve health outcomes across the U.S.
By: Jolie Ritzo, VP of Strategy and Network Engagement, Civitas Networks for Health Community-led collaboratives are emerging as powerful catalysts […]Read Article