142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Population health management: Intersection of the public health and healthcare systems

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 : 8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Rosemary M. Caron, PhD, MPH , Department of Health Management and Policy, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH
The Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report in 2012 titled, Primary Care and Public Health:  Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health, that called for the integration of primary care and public health systems (i.e., two health-oriented systems that typically work in isolation of each other) to creatively collaborate for the purpose of improving the health of populations.  This call to action is timely and appropriate as we embark on delivering care in our transformed healthcare system.  Yet, the IOM does not provide a blueprint for how this goal is to be implemented and evaluated.  One approach involves actively managing the health of populations within a system’s service area.  Thus, population health management (PHM) is a tool that is essential to the success of our reformed healthcare system since it allows for assessing the efficiency and effectiveness of healthcare delivery, evaluating accountability, while striving to improve quality of care and reduce costs.  The overarching goal of PHM is to keep patient populations healthy via preventive measures.  Since healthcare organizations are unable to implement this approach alone, a systematic method is required.  To explore this issue further, a comprehensive literature search was conducted to identify representative PHM examples from diverse public health and healthcare systems.  These cases will be deconstructed so the system components, leadership attributes, and partnership characteristics can be presented for potential replication in other public health and healthcare systems.  Furthermore, PHM skills for the public health and medical student preparing to practice in this new era of healthcare will be discussed.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Provision of health care to the public
Public health administration or related administration

Learning Objectives:
Describe one system component, leadership attribute, and partnership characteristic of a population health management example. Describe one population health management skill required of a public health/medical student preparing to practice in this new era of healthcare. Discuss the utility of population health management as a tool to improve healthcare quality, cost, and access.

Keyword(s): Health Care Reform, System Involvement

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the former Director of the University of New Hampshire's (UNH) MPH Program. I am currently a faculty member in the UNH Department of Health Management and Policy and I teach public health courses to undergraduate and graduate students. Prior to coming to academia, I practiced public health, for ten years, at the local and state governmental and private consulting levels.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.