Theory of Change Systems Map Is Finalized and Coming Soon

The Prescription for Activity (PfA) Task Force convened its third meeting in Chicago in March, 2017, during which its systems-change map was finalized. With a consistent focus on health equity, the map features of a series of initial preconditions (or “sparks”) that catalyze the three core paths (Care Delivery, Community, and Clinic-Community Integration) and four supporting paths (Communications, Informatics, Funding and Payment, and Education and Training) that together will lead to the attainment of the “ultimate outcome”—to see 50 percent of more of Americans in every community, demographic, and age group achieve recommended physical-activity levels by the year 2035.

The PfA Task Force plans to release its systems-change map to the public in Summer 2017.

NEXT TASK-FORCE GATHERING SLATED FOR CHICAGO IN MARCH

The Prescription for Activity (PfA) Task Force will gather for the third time on March 22-23, 2017 in Chicago. The focus of that gathering will be planning for multi-decade implementation of the systems-change map that the Task Force is completing.  The Task Force imagines that the Collective Impact model will be the guiding principle for that multi-sector, multi-system collaborative effort.

HEALTH EQUITY A GUIDING FOCUS

The pursuit of health equity must be a primary shaper of efforts within and directly adjacent to healthcare to get vastly more Americans physically active.  That is a conclusion of the PfA Task Force out of its September retreat in Denver, CO.  When its final systems-change map is published, the Task Force is expected to call for the widespread expansion of abundant, compelling opportunities to become physically active, building on community assets and culture to achieve optimal health across the lifespan. The Task Force believes such opportunities must be abundant and compelling regardless of age, ethnicity, or income.

The systems-change map is tentatively scheduled to be released in June 2017.

SYSTEMS-CHANGE MAP WELL UNDERWAY

The systems-change map that the Prescription for Activity (PfA) Task Force convened to formulate is well underway.  It is expected to answer the question, “What would it take for healthcare, for all the lives it touches, to be mobilized to help vastly more Americans reach recommended physical-activity levels?”.

The Task Force is tentatively scheduled to release the change map in June 2017.

CHECK OUT THE STORY IN MARKET WATCH ON THE TASK FORCE

Market Watch has done a story on the Prescription for Activity Task Force.

"The latest, a group of all-star experts called the Prescription for Activity Task Force, says there’s a way to weave prescriptions and incentives for physical activity into the health care system’s very structure, driving how medical professionals and insurers interact with patients."

You can check it out at this link.  

SECOND THEORY OF CHANGE PLANNING RETREAT SLATED FOR SEPTEMBER

The second planning retreat of the Prescription for Activity (PfA) Task Force is slated to take place September 13-14, 2016 in Denver, CO.  

At the Task Force's first planning retreat in mid-May in Dallas, the group of experts and thought leaders made significant progress in the development of a systems-change map to evolve healthcare so that physical activity-based behavior change interventions become more integral to clinical care for the prevention and treatment of disease.  

During the months of June, July and August, a working group of Task Force members will be refining the work developed at the first planning retreat in Dallas in preparation for the September gathering in Denver.

The vision of the Task Force is a future in which a significant number of healthcare consumers in the U.S. are prescribed or incentivized to pursue physical activity-based behavior-change interventions for preventive care and self-maintenance -- interventions that are readily accessible, delivered by trusted members of the patient-centered team, reimbursable by payers, and and integrated into patient records.