Bridging for Health

The Bridging for Health Advisory Panel supports efforts to improve population health by rebalancing and aligning investments while fostering linkages among health care, public health and other sectors.

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Our technical assistance is centered around helping communities develop a strategic approach to program implementation, building capacity utilizing technical and adaptive approaches, and focusing on long-term sustainability.

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“This partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation creates an exciting opportunity for the GHPC to integrate learnings from our projects over the years and support financial innovations that build health.”

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About this Project

The Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) is the national coordinating center for Bridging for Health: Improving Community Health Through Innovations in Financing, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

Bridging for Health is fostering connections among multisector stakeholders to rebalance and align investments in health. To accomplish this, Bridging for Health focuses on innovations in three areas: financing; collaboration and collective impact; and health equity.

GHPC supports and facilitates selected sites in developing, evaluating, and sharing their efforts to initiate innovations in financing to fund initiatives targeting upstream drivers of health that will ultimately improve population health outcomes. As the national coordinating center, GHPC will assist selected sites with technical assistance, evaluation support, providing resources for convenings, core functions, or special projects, and facilitate opportunities for peer learning. By bridging connections between multisector stakeholders — including health care providers, public health, social services, business, schools, and housing agencies — Bridging for Health aims to:

  • Align resources and community efforts through the collective impact framework to achieve meaningful and sustainable health improvement.
  • Promote stewardship toward enhanced planning and management of health-related resources.
  • Use a Health in All Policies approach to recognize and target factors outside of the traditional health care delivery system that significantly influence health attainment.

The Georgia Health Policy Center just released a video showcasing the process of community innovation as part of Bridging for Health: Improving Community Health Through Innovations in Financing, supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.


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Meet the Researchers

Karen Minyard


Ph.D., Georgia State University
M.N., Medical College of Georgia
B.N., University of Virginia


Karen Minyard, Ph.D., has been director of the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) since 2001 and is also a research professor with the Department of Public Management and Policy. Minyard connects the research, policy, and programmatic work of the center across issue areas including population health, health philanthropy, public and private health coverage, and the… more »

Glenn Landers

Research Assistant Professor, Director of Health Systems

Sc.D., Tulane University
M.H.A., M.B.A., Georgia State University
B.S., Syracuse University


Glenn Landers is an assistant research professor in the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies and the director of health systems at GHPC. In his current portfolio, Landers leads the community health system development and long-term services and supports teams. He also plays a lead role in the center’s approaches to evaluation, collective impact,… more »

Chris Parker

Director of Global and Population Health

M.P.H., Emory University
B.Sc., M.B.B.S., University of the West Indies, Mona


Chris Parker is the director of global and population health at the Georgia Health Policy Center. He holds a leadership role in many of the center’s projects related to public health and program evaluation. His areas of expertise include strategic planning and evaluation, with a particular interest in projects that link population health and health… more »