The ultimate goal of health care is to improve and maintain people’s health and functional status. Population health goals are best attained through the coordinated efforts of the public health and personal health systems. The prevention and public health components of the ACA represent a fundamental shift from public health as an afterthought, subject to annual appropriations in competition with the more visible personal health services, to a core, sustained investment. The ACA creates a federal office to coordinate strategy, establishes grants to address public health issues, and promotes preventive care – all critical elements of achieving equitable health outcomes for the population.
State Refor(u)m is an online network for health reform implementation. It is an initiative of the National Academy for State Health Policy, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The site connects state health officials looking for information and assistance with their peers and other experts who have relevant resources and experiences to share.