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The resilient health system of the future – the case for community health

About project

COVID-19 has represented the most significant global health threat of the 21st century, overwhelming even some of the world’s most sophisticated health systems. It emerged within a context of growing health challenges across many already strained communities and populations, including: mental health, rising comorbidities, urbanisation and the globalisation of unhealthy lifestyles, and climate change impacts. It revealed deep-seated health inequities alongside longstanding failures to appropriately recognise, value and protect front-line community health and care workers.

Increasingly, there is a call for ‘resilient’ health systems that can cope with these interconnected challenges. However, resilience is not simply about being able to withstand shocks through reactive, short-term emergency response. Instead, it is about the ability to adapt and grow in response to stress.

As the world community begins to re-build, there is an opportunity to explore how the lessons of COVID-19 can help us reshape our health systems to be more proactive, responsive, equitable, and community-centered.
 
Join us for a series of live research conversations to explore the role of community health and its critical importance to ensure resilient future health outcomes:

CONVERSATION 1: What is community health and why does it matter? Why is it important for the future? explored by:

CONVERSATION 2: How do we design health systems that are in pursuit of health, not just treatment and cure of disease? explored by:

CONVERSATION 3: What does equitable community health look like in the digital age? explored by:

CONVERSATION 4: What mechanics and structures are needed to support and elevate community health? What can we learn from existing examples/case studies and how those models could scale? explored by:

CONVERSATION 5: What is the future health workforce that we need? explored by:

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“Now is the time to shift the focus in healthcare away from just effectiveness and cost to sustainability, resiliency, and value. We have witnessed unprecedented levels of collaboration and public–private partnerships over the past 15 months—let’s use these new models to supercharge efforts to combat other urgent public health challenges. And we must do the hard work that’s required to turn our collective desire to address disparities in care that plague underserved communities into measurable, meaningful action.” Alex Gorsky

Many conversations are being had to explore what the future of health might look like and what we collectively need most. Here are some examples of thoughts emerging.

Building Back Health has been exploring the future-proofing of health systems for all.
• The Institute for Alternative Futures shares a report of scenarios for the Public Health 2030.
• The XPRIZE Community has compiled a vision for health in 2040.

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