Population Health Definition

There is often confusion around what is meant by the term “population health.” AHA and the Association for Community Health Improvement offer a definition of the term as well as the goals and processes that hospitals should consider as they implement population health strategies. 

This infographic also illustrates five goals for hospitals:

  1. Coordinate hospital-based interventions with community stakeholders and other key partners through mature collaborations;
  2. Increase preventive health services through coordinated care across the health care continuum;
  3. Provide culturally and linguistically appropriate care;
  4. Promote healthy behaviors; and
  5. Track population health metrics against dashboard targets.

 

Related Resources

Advancing Health Podcast
Public
Join us to hear how Loyola University Health System’s new laboratory approach during the COVID pandemic was able to broaden communication and collaboration…
Advancing Health Podcast
Public
Rural hospitals are community strongholds, serving as the key point of care for nearly 20% of Americans.
AHA Center for Health Innovation Market Scan
A new study indicates that social factors, when built into sepsis readmission models, can help predict which patients are at risk of an unplanned readmission…
Case Studies
By pursuing and prioritizing an anchor mission in the community, UMass Memorial works to improve the health and welfare of its community beyond the hospital’s…
Advancing Health Podcast
Public
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, digital solutions, including mobile health apps, patient portals and telehealth serve as a critical access point for…
AHA Center for Health Innovation Market Scan
Like many health systems, University of Utah Health has been focused on the best ways to treat patients with multiple risks that include physical, psychiatric…