one in which the nation’s health care and public health systems no longer work in parallel, but hand in hand – with better health for all as the common goal.

Health care and public health institutions responded to the COVID-19 pandemic by forging novel, impactful partnerships. We established formal agreements for information and resource sharing, developed and deployed emergency response plans, more readily shared data, and demonstrated the life-saving function of infectious disease detection systems.

The Common Health Coalition was formed to cement these types of crisis-driven strategies into existing infrastructure and strengthen the partnership between the health care and public health systems, particularly to advance health equity.

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Who We Are

Common Health Coalition members are health care leaders with a shared commitment to partnering with and taking action for public health. The Coalition’s Steering Committee and founding members are AHIP, the Alliance of Community Health Plans, American Hospital Association, American Medical Association, and Kaiser Permanente.

Former New York City Commissioner of Health Dave A. Chokshi, MD, MSc, chairs the Coalition and Chelsea Cipriano, MPH, serves as its Managing Director. Our work is informed by an advisory council of public health leaders chaired by Georges C. Benjamin, MD, Executive Director of the American Public Health Association, and J. Nadine Gracia, MD, MSCE, President and CEO of Trust for America’s Health.

Our Approach

The Common Health Coalition is translating the hard-won lessons and successes of the COVID-19 pandemic response into actionable strategies that will equip health care organizations to better collaborate with and support public health.

Guided by expert analysis and informed by technical advisory groups of subject matter experts, the Coalition will issue recommendations on these four areas:

  1. Spearheading greater coordination between the public health and health care systems, with clearly delineated goals, roles, responsibilities, and deliverables
  2. Building an “always on” emergency preparedness system, meaning the creation of shared, well-maintained emergency preparedness plans between healthcare institutions and public health entities, so there will be a reliable infrastructure that can be scaled up quickly during a crisis
  3. Establishing national standards for stratifying public health and health care data, to ensure data capture is consistent, actionable, and equipped to identify and address health disparities
  4. Modernizing infectious disease detection with the goal of interoperability across sectors and agencies, so that data can quickly guide policy, practice, and program interventions

What To Expect

The Common Health Coalition will issue recommendations for the broader health care industry and policymakers in 2024. ChangeLab Solutions, a national nonprofit that uses the tools of law and policy to advance health equity, is serving as a host of the Coalition and facilitating the development of recommendations with initial funding provided by Kaiser Permanente.

The Coalition and its members will work collaboratively with our public health colleagues to champion implementation of the recommendations and improve resilience against future public health threats.

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