Pathways to Population Health (P2PH)

Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation (SCALE)

In 2015, the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) received a grant to help communities develop capability to improve health and spread effective community-driven approaches to help build a Culture of Health.

The two-year initiative, SCALE (Spreading Community Accelerators through Learning and Evaluation), included up to 30 communities from across the U.S., that matched up to 10 “mentor communities” – those with a track record of achieving better health – with 20 “pacesetter communities” that sought to accelerate their pace of change. With multiple sources of support, communities sought to spread effective, best practices as quickly as possible, in order to realize improvements in health. Together, all the communities stood as beacons and resources for any community, anywhere, striving to obtain the best health possible, especially those most vulnerable to poor health due to poverty, violence, or lack of social supports. 

 NRHI supported IHI as a SCALE Community Partner  to ensure a successful launch and implementation of SCALE through participation in program activities, design and review of community applications, planning calls for the major features of SCALE, and recruitment of coaches.

SCALE was predecessor of the Pathways to Population Health project. 

Pathways to Population Health (P2PH)

From 2017-2019, NRHI participated in the development of Pathways to Population Health (P2PH), an initiative committed to supporting healthcare organizations on the journey to population health.

With leadership from the 100 Million Healthier Lives campaign and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, NRHI and three other national networks, Stakeholder Health, Public Health Institute, and American Hospital Association/Health Research & Educational Trust – came together to collect input and feedback from hundreds of stakeholders to launch P2PH.

Pathways to Population Health: An Invitation to Health Care Change Agents was developed to support healthcare professionals in identifying opportunity for their organizations to make practical, meaningful, and sustainable advancements in improving the health and well-being of the patients and communities they serve. P2PH has identified four portfolios of work health care organizations can undertake to accelerate their progress in improving health, well-being and equity.

P2PH tools include a framework outlining four portfolios of population health, an assessment tool, an action plan template, and curated resources to support action plans. These tools have, and continue to, support healthcare organizations (HCOs) to assess, plan, and implement practices to advance the health of populations they serve.

Visit the Institute for Healthcare Improvement website to access these resources and learn more.