For Immediate Release
July 24, 2012
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Transforming Health in Prince George's County: UMD Study to Inform Health Care System Redesign
EMBARGOED UNTIL NOON, JULY 25
COLLEGE PARK, Md. - A special report released today by the University of Maryland School of Public Health will inform the design of an innovative new system to improve health and health care in Prince George's County. Transforming Health in Prince George's County, Maryland: A Public Health Impact Study is the result of a unique group of studies that concurrently gathered information from residents and policy makers, examined the county's health care workforce and public health programs, and documented best practices from comparable health care systems.
Commissioned by Prince George's County, the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the University of Maryland Medical System and Dimensions Healthcare System, the study identified three major components needed for a new health care system that can drive results: making disease prevention and health promotion central to the effort, developing a county-led process to improve and integrate public health and primary care, and creating an academically-affiliated regional health center with a strong collaborative ambulatory care network.
"As a proud member of Prince George's County, we are pleased to contribute to improving the health of our fellow residents," says Dr. Wallace Loh, president of the University of Maryland. "This research by our School of Public Health is another demonstration of our commitment to use university expertise to make a real impact in our communities and throughout the state of Maryland."
Among the study's key findings:
"Advancing a better state of health in Prince George's County and the state of Maryland depends upon eliminating racial and ethnic health disparities," says School of Public Health Dean Jane E. Clark. "Our school is committed to promoting health equity and improved quality of life in the County and beyond. We envision that this unprecedented partnership to establish a new health care system for the County could be a model for transforming health throughout the nation."
The report Transforming Health in Prince George's County: A Public Health Impact Study was conducted by a team of senior researchers at the University of Maryland School of Public Health. Download the report and the supporting technical documents (pdf).
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