Promoting Health and Wellness

NEHI research and analysis promotes the adoption of evidence-based policy and practices for health promotion, the prevention of chronic disease and reducing health risks such as obesity. Current NEHI projects focus on the unique social, political and business challenges of sustaining effective, multi-factor strategies that will improve health at the local and regional level, and enhance the positive determinants of health that research has shown exert a more decisive influence on patient health and medical spending than medical care itself.

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  • Themes Accountable Care Health Behaviors Payment Reform
    February 15, 2017

    Women's Health, Innovation, and the Economic Stability of Families - Capitol Hill Briefing

    Russel Senate Office Building 485
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  • Themes Health Behaviors Healthcare Spending Health Reform
    Publication Date: February 15, 2017

    Fact Sheet: The Impact of Coverage and Access to Women’s Health Services

    Coverage and Access for Women’s Health Services Promote the Triple Aim
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  • Themes Accountable Care Health Behaviors
    Publication Date: October 24, 2016

    Greater Boston Community Health Needs Assessment: Joint Effort that Could Lead to Better Health

    NEHI finds that hospitals in the greater Boston area could collaborate on CHNAs to create bigger impact
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  • Themes Chronic Disease Medication Adherence Patient Engagement
    Publication Date: September 8, 2016

    Better Use of Medicines for Diabetes Patients

    NEHI report outlines the challenges presented by medication use in diabetes and provides five innovative solutions to improve diabetes care
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  • Themes Health Behaviors Health IT Medication Adherence
    Publication Date: December 2, 2015

    Physicians and PDMPs: Improving the Use of Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs

    Issue Brief on Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs
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  • Themes Health Behaviors Healthcare Spending
    Publication Date: June 19, 2015

    Healthy People/Healthy Economy: A Five-Year Review and Five Priorities for the Future

    Annual Report that tracks progress of the policies and practices that are key elements of a comprehensive effort to make Massachusetts a national leader in health and wellness.
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  • Themes Health Behaviors Healthcare Spending Health Reform
    Publication Date: May 8, 2015

    Community Health Workers: Getting the Job Done in Healthcare Delivery

    Community health workers (CHWs) have been on the front lines of health care delivery for decades, serving as a vital link between providers and the surrounding communities. This relationship has become even more important with the advent of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), as millions of Americans obtain access to care and providers are under increasing pressure to contain costs.


    To explore options for increasing the role of CHWs in improving population health, NEHI partnered with the Jewish Healthcare Foundation (JHF), Rose Community Foundation and the Association of American Medical Colleges to convene a day-long meeting in October 2014 focusing on CHWs. A subsequent invite-only meeting was held in Pennsylvania in April 2015, hosted by JHF and supported by NEHI, to dive deeper into some of these issues and explore the opportunities for Pennsylvania.

    This issue brief summarizes the history of CHWs and includes key findings from the October 2014 summit and April 2015 Pennsylvania meeting. The brief includes an analysis of:

    • CHW Impact: As community health workers are increasingly incorporated in healthcare teams, a growing body of evidence attests to their impact. These studies are highlighted in this issue brief. For example, one study found that integrating CHWs into care teams lead to a 3:1 return-on-investment.
    • Policy Actions: ACA included several provisions with impacts on CHWs, and several states have taken action to build infrastructure for CHWs. This issue brief details the policy that continues to evolve around CHWs.
    • Training Standards: Because of the opportunities and funding created by policy change at the federal and state level, there are some questions about the nature of what it means to be a CHW. The issue brief details some of these questions and provides an examination of the opportunities to increase training and enhance professional recognition.
    • Pioneers: The issue brief also highlights some of the exemplar models using CHWs to improve quality of care and reduce costs, including the Camden Coalition of Health Care Providers, the Penn Center for CHWs, and Hennepin Health.
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  • Themes Health Behaviors Patient Engagement
    Publication Date: June 24, 2014

    Healthy People - Healthy Economy Annual Report Card 2014

    Annual report card of Massachusetts measures around health focuses on physical activity, access to healthy food, investments in health, education, and a new emphasis on disease prevention and wellness. The report now is structured around Early Childhood, Schools, Food, Healthy Living by Design, and Public Health and Health Care. See this year's grades and how the Commonwealth is faring along these measures.
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  • Themes Health Behaviors Healthcare Spending
    Publication Date: June 1, 2013

    Healthy People Healthy Economy: Third Annual Report Card

    Third Annual Report Card, which tracks progress over 14 policies and practices that are key elements of a comprehensive effort to make Massachusetts a national leader in health and wellness.
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  • Themes Chronic Disease Health IT Hospital Readmissions
    Publication Date: September 25, 2012

    ADOPT Toolkit

    The website will offer tools in four discreet technology areas: remote patient monitoring (RPM), medication optimization, care transitions, and mobile health. RPM tools are now available online and tools for mobile health technologies will be available in November. NEHI, with its deep portfolio of research indentifying valuable but under used technologies and barriers to their adoption, served in an advisory role on the Toolkit project. In addition, NEHI partnered with Atrius Health in Massachusetts on a study, funded by CTA, of the effectiveness of remote patient monitoring for patients with chronic illnesses. NEHI's Remote Patient Monitoring Project Press Release ADOPT Toolkit Website
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NEHI'S Impact

In the Media

"'Anything that drives up costs has got to be a concern, and diabetes, which is still pretty much uncontrolled, is driving up those costs,” says [Healthy People/Healthy Economy Report Card] report author Tom Hubbard, a senior program director at NEHI.'"-WBUR CommonHealth Blog 

On National Policy 

On September 10, NEHI Executive Director Valerie Fleishman testified at the Massachusetts State House before the Joint Committee on Public Health at a hearing on House Bill 2634, An Act to Promote Healthy People and a Healthy Economy in Massachusetts, filed by Representative Kay Khan

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