Good health does not happen in isolation—and it demands health and human services convergence. This is wholly coordinated and data-driven service delivery that empowers individuals and occurs across health, social services and community-based providers in both the public and private sectors.
This coordinated, agile and common sense approach contributes to healthier residents, healthier communities—and at scale—a healthier nation. The impacts are profound: system changing, policy changing and life changing. This article explores how convergence is taking root at the local level, and explores real-world examples of counties that are experiencing exciting outcomes as a result.
This article is authored by Jerry Friedman, Director of Strategic Initiatives, Accenture and a Healthy County Initiatives Board Member, and Emmanuelle St. Jean, Health Program Manager, National Association of Counties. It was originally published in the October 2014 issue of Policy & Practice.