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Building Healthy Communities

Health is about more than health care. Where we live, work, and play affects our health. Health services research provides evidence on the factors that affect, and support, the health of communities.

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Strengthening Health Systems, Engaging Communities to Prevent Infectious Disease

In working to prevent infectious disease, two familiar lessons rise to the surface: the importance of strengthening health systems, and the importance of empowering local leaders and communities. Both are key aspects of AcademyHealth’s mission to make health care and research better.
Posted Dec 28, 2016 By Grace Kranstover
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Beyond the Headlines: Using Evidence to Inform Health Policy Debates

As we head into inauguration day and prepare for a new administration to enter the White House, we hold firm in our principle that policies affecting health and performance of the health system should be informed by the best and most relevant evidence.
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Government Spending In Health And Nonhealth Sectors Associated With Improvement In County Health Rankings

A growing body of research highlights the role other factors outside the health system play in our health. This article, from the November 2016 Culture of Health Health Affairs issue, finds a meaningful positive relationship between an increase in rank among the County Health Rankings and public spending for a number of social services.
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