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Volume 7: No. 6, November 2010

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Cover of the November 2010 issue
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This issue of Preventing Chronic Disease is the third and final issue that includes articles from the Mobilizing Action Toward Community Health, or MATCH, project. In this issue the articles focus on the partnerships that are required for improving population health. The first set of MATCH articles focused on measures ― what is measured gets done. The second set focused on incentives ― what is paid for gets done. This final set discusses the importance of the partnerships ― who does what. Until we know who is going to take action, and what that action will be, population health is only theoretical. Engaging all sectors makes improved population health a reality.

The image on this cover represents the nation’s population as part of and supported by the larger universe of influences on its health and well-being. The grid beneath shows the network of partners that supports the population, and the orbits around the population represent environmental factors that influence health. Without any one of the components or partnerships, the system is off balance and well-being is not possible. The image, like health, is multifaceted and involves many elements that have different roles and are more proximal or distal to outcome. Each facet has its own structure and at the same time is linked to the others. Population health is determined by a complex set of partners and systems that positively or negatively impact health. All sectors have some role in health and need to work together if improved population health is to be realized.

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