6|18 Resources and Tools

Multi-sector Public Health Opportunities to Improve Heart Health 6|18 Initiative Interventions

NewThe Population Health Innovation Lab partnered with the CDC’s Office of the Associate Director for Policy and Strategy to explore and identify effective strategies to support collaboration among change agents in business, public health, healthcare, and community organizations in the implementation of evidence-based strategies to improve hypertension control from the CDC’s 6 | 18 Initiative. The Toolkit for Change Three Steps to a Healthy Heart Community was informed by interviews with key informants from the business sector, health plans, healthcare providers, and nonprofit organizations and is a starting place for those interested in making an impact on their community’s heart health.

Leading by Example and Moving Upstream Together

NewA key issue facing the American healthcare system is the impact of social needs, social risks, and social determinants of health (SDOH) in healthcare. Each of these “social” terms brings a slightly different focus to forces that can impact communities and their members. For employers, understanding these impacts within the context of a population health strategy can foster a broader approach to closing gaps in care and ensuring access to services across racially, culturally and ethnically diverse employee populations.

To begin to learn what employers may need to begin their journey to more effectively address social needs, social risks, and social determinants, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Office of the Associate Director for Policy and Strategy (OADPS), the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI), and the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions (National Alliance) began a collaboration in late 2020 to engage employers, two regional business coalitions (Kentuckiana Health Collaborative and Pittsburgh Business Group on Health) and six employer members through the project, “Leading by Example and Moving Upstream Together.” The goal was to identify options for developing a process model to enhance employee and community well-being.  The findings from this project can be found here.

Developing Public-Private Partnerships to Improve Employee and Population Health

Recorded on February 25, 2020.

Christa Singleton from CDC, Chris Miles from Leavitt Partners, Lauren Remspecher from St. Louis Area Business Health Coalition, and Glenn Studebaker from Missouri Department of Health and Human Services host a 1 hour presentation for state health departments and the private sector that provide an overview of the value of developing partnerships to enhance not only the well-being of employees, but of the community and population as a whole.

This webinar will help state health departments understand the value of partnering with businesses, how to find them, and how to effectively communicate to these groups. In addition, attendees will be introduced to CDC’s 6|18 Initiative, an effort to improve health and control healthcare costs by targeting six common health conditions and behaviors.

For further information, contact sixeighteen@cdc.gov

Public Health-Employer Opportunities to Improve Population Health: CDC 6|18 Initiative

Tools and Resources for State and Local Health Departments

Customizable Slide Deck: The Value of Partnering Together to Improve Employee Health

Developing partnerships between public health and the private sector is critical to enhancing the well-being of employees, and the community and population as a whole. This deck is intended to be used by state and local health departments connecting with employers to improve population health. Access a customizable slide deck [PPT – 2 MB] with concrete examples of evidence-based strategies that employers can use to reduce tobacco use, control blood pressure, control asthma, and prevent type 2 diabetes.

ScanSource Employer Case Study

6|18 is a Catalyst for Collaboration between State Medicaid and Public Health. See how by viewing our new infographic


Interested in the 6|18 partnership? Want to know where to start? Here are some of the steps states have taken to get started!

Steps Medicaid Agencies Have Taken:

  • Determined which high-cost health priorities align with 6|18 conditions
  • Identified strategies to improve benefits coverage and use
  • Called their public health department counterpart to cultivate a collaboration

Steps Public Health Departments Have Taken:

  • Determined which high-burden health priorities aligned with 6|18 interventions
  • Used economic information to make a business case for key decision makers
  • Called their Medicaid agency counterpart to cultivate a collaboration
6|18 Resources and Tools
  • CDC’s 6|18 Initiative: Accelerating Evidence into Action Read more about the background and goals of the 6|18 Initiative in the National Academy of Medicine’s Discussion Paper. February 2016
  • The 3 Buckets of Prevention Read about how the 6|18 Initiative fits within a population health and prevention framework for clinicians, insurers, and public health practitioners in the Journal of Public Health Management & Practice. December 2015