A decision-making model to optimize the impact of community-based health programs

Eduardo Pérez, Yan Li, José A. Pagán

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Hospitals and clinics are increasingly interested in building partnerships with community-based organizations to address the social determinants of health. Choosing among community-based health programs can be complex given that programs may have different effectiveness levels and implementation costs. This study develops a decision-making model that can be used to evaluate multiple key factors that would be relevant in resource allocation decisions related to a set of community-based health programs. The decision-making model compares community-based health programs by considering funding limitations, program duration, and participant retention until program completion. Specifically, the model allows decision makers to select the optimal mix of community-based health programs based on the profiles of the population given the above constraints. The model can be used to improve resource allocation in communities, ultimately contributing to the long-term goal of strengthening cross-sector partnerships and the integration of services to improve health outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number106619
JournalPreventive Medicine
StatePublished - Aug 2021


  • Chronic disease prevention
  • Community-based health program
  • Decision models
  • Systems science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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