Building Healthy Communities

Project Title

Supporting the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement

Grant Amount


Priority Area

Building Healthy Communities

Date Awarded

June 24, 2019


Outside New York State


In Progress


Research has increasingly found that social determinants, such as income, education, behavioral health, and environmental health, have a disproportionate impact on population health. In an effort to catalyze needed action to improve population health, NYSHealth awarded the National Academies of Sciences (NAS) Institute of Medicine a grant in 2012 to help launch the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. The roundtable began identifying and raising awareness of innovative population health interventions. In 2016, NYSHealth awarded NAS a second grant for the roundtable to build on these efforts and include more experts from broader sectors, convene workshops to accelerate community and state improvements in population health, and create recommendations on best practices for stakeholders. In 2019, NYSHealth awarded NAS a grant to further support the roundtable as it takes a more action-oriented approach in its work.

Under this grant, the roundtable will continue to convene national experts and organizations, including NYSHealth, to strategize and cultivate innovative interventions to improve population health. The roundtable will hold workshops that spotlight effective models for best practices and inform the development of useful framework and tools. It will also develop action collaboratives in the field and nurture important relationships among stakeholders that may otherwise not occur. For example, the Action Collaborative on Business Engagement in Building Healthy Communities (for which NYSHealth recommended new members) will prepare and publish stories of noteworthy business and community partnerships. As a roundtable member, NYSHealth will be part of a community of science-informed leaders working to spark urgently needed action toward a stronger, more healthful, and more productive society, including those in the fields of public health; health care; business; education and early childhood development; housing; agriculture; transportation; economic development; and nonprofit and faith organizations.