Policy Learning Labs

Moving Health Care Upstream

Moving Health Care Upstream (MHCU) is based on the belief that health systems can address persistent and costly health inequities by moving “upstream”– beyond the walls of hospitals and clinics and into the communities, collaborating with community-based organizations to address the root causes of disease. he various areas of work within MHCU share a common focus- supporting hospitals and community stakeholders in testing and spreading strategies to move upstream, and sharing “what works” to inform the field and accelerate the upstream movement in the field as a whole. Policy Learning Labs are one example of MHCU’s work to spread knowledge and accelerate action in the field.


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