First-of-its-Kind Web-Based Tool Predicts Which Public Health Policies and Programs Provide the Biggest Improvements in Health and Costs

HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research, Partnership for Prevention and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation have launched Community Health Advisor, which enables public health officials, employers, community leaders, policymakers and others to more accurately determine the public health policies that will have the greatest effect on health, mortality and medical costs on a county, state or national level. A user can select among several tobacco- or physical activity-related interventions, choose what geographic area to apply and calculate how people’s health and lifestyle choices would be affected by a particular policy change for up to 30 years. The tool is powered by ModelHealth, a set of health economics models built by researchers at HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research.