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Katherine Froeb Papa, M.P.H.

Director - AcademyHealth

Kate Papa manages AcademyHealth's public health initiatives, which focus on bridging the gap between public health and the health care system. She directs the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-funded Public Health Systems Research (PHSR) project, which seeks to build this new research discipline by supporting junior investigators, developing training opportunities for researchers, synthesizing research findings, and translating findings for policymakers.

Ms. Papa's extensive experience in public policy and public health research, evaluation, and communications includes her previous experience as Director of the Adolescent and School Health Project at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). In that capacity, she developed and promoted national policies and programs to improve child health and access to health care. She supported public health investments in youth related to the prevention of chronic diseases and STDs as well as the promotion of positive health behaviors. Her other relevant experience includes consulting states on welfare reform policies and designing disease prevention and management campaigns for pharmaceutical companies and non-profit organizations.

Ms. Papa earned her Masters Degree in Public Health and a certificate in Maternal and Child Health from Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Georgetown University. Currently, as a volunteer for the Arlington County Department of Public Health, Ms. Papa co-chairs the Chronic Disease Prevention committee, which aims to reduce obesity and tobacco use in the county’s youth. Additionally, as a Member of the Board of the Virginia Foundation for Healthy Youth, Ms. Papa evaluates proposals to use Master Settlement Agreement Funds to prevent tobacco use among children in the Northern Virginia Region. A native of Connecticut, Ms. Papa now lives in Arlington with her family.

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Publication

Trends in Urban Health Services Research (HSR): Priorities, Gaps, and Collaborations

With input from Big Cities Health Coalition (BCHC), AcademyHealth staff used the National Library of Medicine’s Health Services Research Projects in Progress (HSRProj) database to review trends in urban health services research (HSR) within participating BCHC Cities to explore the nature of HSR undertaken in these cities, and whether there is collaboration in research among these cities.
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Program

Payment Reform for Population Health

With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AcademyHealth is leading the Payment Reform for Population Health initiative to examine the opportunities through which the payment system can support population health.

Through commissioned research, Guiding Committee insights, stakeholder interviews, literature reviews, and subcontracted collaborative activities, AcademyHealth identified many challenges and barriers to linking the health care payment system to community-wide population health. Specifically, AcademyHealth supported activities to overcome barriers and identify the facilitators that enable community health-focused payment models to thrive.

Project Learnings

The project team identified four major foundational elements that influence how health care purchasers, plans, and providers consider supporting sustainable funding and financing activities and infrastructure that can bolster community-wide population health. These findings are illustrated in this infographic and supported by the collaborative research projects and related reports listed below.

P4PH Infographic Snapshot

Community Case Studies
Dr. Jean McGuire and colleagues at Northeastern University conducted four case studies of cross-sector community-level population health improvement efforts focused on addressing social determinants of health.

Workshop on Multi-Sector Collaboration to Improve Population Health
AcademyHealth and the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement (NRHI) hosted a two-day workshop that convened five multi-sector teams led by regional health improvement collaboratives (RHICs) along with content experts to discuss how innovative payment and financing models could incentivize both health care sector and their non-health care sector partners —e.g., transportation, housing, education - to improve community-wide population health. 

Medicaid Roadmap for Testing Upstream Investments
AcademyHealth is collaborating with Nemours Children’s Health System to provide technical support to three state Medicaid programs to identify and test approaches to financing upstream prevention and addressing social determinants of health.

Building Payment Models and Contracting Structures to Support Social Determinants of Health
AcademyHealth is supporting the Green and Healthy Homes Initiative to examine the use of innovative payment models and contracting arrangements to support non-clinical services that address social determinants of health.

Program

Public Health Systems Research

AcademyHealth’s public and population health portfolio offers training, scholarships and resources for researchers, facilitates connections with policymakers, and stimulates discussions around the challenges and opportunities faced by the evolving public health system – from organization and financing to delivery and impact.

The AcademyHealth PHSR Interest Group has more than 3,000 individuals - including researchers, students, public health practitioners, federal agency staff, and policymakers - shares an interest in exploring and enhancing the U.S. public health system by formulating, translating, and applying the PHSR evidence base.

AcademyHealth’s public and population health portfolio offers training, scholarships and resources for researchers, facilitates connections with policymakers, and stimulates discussions around the challenges and opportunities faced by the evolving public health system – from organization and financing to delivery and impact. Recent published reports on critical public health systems issues include evaluating complex health services interventions and improving population health via rural public health systems. Collaborating with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s (RWJF) to build a culture of health, the team works to connect the public health community with other sectors influencing health such as housing, transportation, environmental and social justice organizations. Supported by RWJF and the Kresge Foundation, the team also hosts the 3,000-member Public Health Systems Research (PHSR) interest group and leads initiatives aimed at exploring and enhancing the U.S. public health system by formulating, translating, and applying evidence to public health policy and practice. In support of the field, AcademyHealth hosts two scholarship programs - one to encourage collaboration between systems scientists and health services researchers and another which provides policy training for emerging community health leaders – and a community of practice using electronic health data for public and population health.

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Upcoming Events

Post-Concordium Webinar: Innovations in Electronic Health Data—Highlighting Cross-Sectoral Partnerships
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. ET

Past Events

2017 PHSR Annual Meeting
New Orleans | June 24, 2017

2016 PHSR Annual Meeting
Boston | June 25, 2016

Learn more about the Interest Group.

Pilots & Programs

Systems Science Scholarship

The purpose of this scholarship is to introduce systems science methods to the health services research (HSR) community. In particular, the scholarship seeks to foster collaboration between the scholars and those in HSR who are investigating systems-level challenges related to public health.

Population Health Community of Practice (PopCop)

The Population Health Community of Practice (PopCop) addresses the shared opportunities and challenges of using electronic health data for public and population health. PopCop supports the efforts of local and state public health agencies to use and enhance the value of their data and improve the health of the populations they serve.