September 11, 2012
Altarum Institute Receives Grant to Assess Impact of Prevention Efforts on Health Care Costs
ANN ARBOR, Mich.—Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending has been awarded a planning grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to begin developing an analytical framework for assessing the value of prevention and its impact on health care costs and the social determinants of health. The long-term goal of this work is to identify a methodology by which policy and decision makers across the nation can make more informed decisions about investments that promote health and prevent disease and their downstream impact on health care costs.
“We are honored and excited to receive this grant,” said Dr. George Miller, the Principal Investigator for the project and an Altarum Institute Fellow. “The research builds on work we recently completed estimating national expenditures on preventive health activities and modeling the tradeoffs between prevention and treatment options. We look forward to working in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on what will be extremely challenging research with an enduring impact on how we think about and prioritize our efforts in all types of activities that contribute to prevention.”
The analysis to be conducted by the Altarum team will be guided by an advisory panel that brings expertise in health economics, health care, public health, business, and other sectors.
“Altarum Institute’s Center for Sustainable Health Spending brings the expertise in prevention research, health care spending cost factors, and cost-effectiveness analysis that is required to do this work,” said the Foundation’s Senior Policy Adviser, Marjorie Paloma. “Developing a practical and validated framework to better understand the value of prevention investments is an important part of addressing the burden that health care costs places on our nation.”
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, based in Princeton, N.J., is the largest health and health care philanthropic organization in the nation, celebrating 40 years of improving health and health care in America.
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Altarum Institute (www.altarum.org) integrates objective research and client-centered consulting skills to deliver comprehensive, systems-based solutions that improve health and health care. A nonprofit serving clients in the public and private sectors, Altarum employs more than 400 individuals and is headquartered in Ann Arbor, Michigan with additional offices in the Washington, DC area; Sacramento, California; Atlanta, Georgia; Portland, Maine; and San Antonio, Texas.