Disease Prevention / Health Promotion

Interventions, education and incentives that promote healthy behaviors and improve health outcomes.

From Medical Care to Health and Well-being

Feb. 20, 2018

At a recent LDI seminar, Nico Pronk, PhD, President of HealthPartners Institute, and Chief Science Officer of HealthPartners, Inc., called for a paradigm shift in how we think about health care in the U.S.  “We pay a ton of money for medical care, [but] we don't get a lot of value for that investment. Do we need more medical care, or do we actually need a shift towards more health and well-being?” he asked.[content_elements:element:0]

The Short- and Long-Term Effects of Smoking Cessation on Alcohol Consumption

Dec. 1, 2017

In the International Journal of Health Economics and Management, Benjamin Ukert examines short- and long-term effects of quitting smoking on alcohol consumption. Most interventions have focused on reducing either cigarette or alcohol consumption to address the severe health and economic consequences of both risky behaviors, while ignoring how they interact.

To estimate the relationship between smoking and alcohol consumption, the author utilizes data from the Lung Health Study (LHS), a randomized smoking...

Improving Population Health

Oct. 12, 2017

Many discussions surrounding population health initiatives take place at a very high level, resulting in few tangible action items for stakeholders to address. This was not the case at LDI’s 50th Anniversary Symposium, where the breakout session titled “Strategies to Advance Population Health” proposed new approaches to old challenges. The session focused on ways to integrate clinical and non-clinical services, examined policies promoting health, and encouraged unique partnerships and opportunities for strategic innovation.

Community Health Worker Support For Disadvantaged Patients With Multiple Chronic Diseases: A Randomized Clinical Trial

Research Brief
Aug. 21, 2017

Community health worker interventions hold promise for improving outcomes of low-income patients with multiple chronic diseases.