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Stephanie Kennedy

Research Associate - AcademyHealth

Ms. Kennedy supports a variety of state health projects in this role. Her current projects include the State-University Partnership Learning Network (SUPLN) and Payment Reform for Population Health (P4PH), supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Previously, she managed the SHARE Approach Peer Network for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the Vital Statistics and Medicaid Data Linkage Training Project with the CDC and CMS.

Ms. Kennedy serves on the board of directors for nonprofit women’s mentoring organization Women and Youth Supporting Each Other (WYSE) and is an alumna of the 2015-2016 Planned Parenthood Developing Leaders Program. She is a member of the National Academy of Social Insurance (NASI) and Women’s Information Network (WIN). Ms. Kennedy graduated with her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from the University of Southern California in 2013.

Authored by Stephanie Kennedy

Publication

Four Elements that Influence Payment Reform for Population Health

AcademyHealth's Payment Reform for Population Health team identified four major element domains that influence the conditions and collaborations associated with how health care purchasers, plans, and providers might support strategies for sustainable funding and financing activities and infrastructure that can bolster non-clinical community-wide population health.
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Payment Reform for Population Health

​With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, AcademyHealth is leading Payment Reform for Population Health, an 18-month initiative examining the opportunities through which the payment system can support population health.

Employing an emergent strategy, AcademyHealth is working to identify the challenges and barriers in linking the health care payment system to community-wide population health. Building on the lessons learned from this work, AcademyHealth, with the help of the project's Guiding Committee, is supporting activities that can overcome barriers and identify the facilitators that enable community health-focused payment models to thrive.

Findings 

The project team identified four major element domains that influence the conditions and collaborations associated with how health care purchasers, plans, and providers might support strategies for sustainable funding and financing activities and infrastructure that can bolster non-clinical community-wide population health. These findings are summarized in an infographic and supported by additional reports here

P4PH Infographic Snapshot

Collaborative Projects

Community Case Studies
A team at Northeastern University has been conducting four case studies of cross-sector community-level population health improvement efforts focused on addressing social determinants of health.

Collaborative Workshop
AcademyHealth and the Network for Regional Healthcare Improvement hosted a two-day workshop, “Striving Toward a Culture of Health: How Do Non-Medical Needs Factor into Alternative Payment Models?”, which convened five multi-sector teams, comprised of health care sector and non-health care sector partners, and led by regional health improvement collaboratives. 

Collaboration to Support Medicaid Roadmap
AcademyHealth is collaborating with Nemours Children’s Health System to help state Medicaid programs test approaches to financing upstream prevention and addressing social determinants of health.

If you are doing related work, please contact Enrique Martinez-Vidal; we’d like to include you in our efforts!