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​​​​​​​​​June 7, 2018, 2:00 PM ET: Strategic Pathways to Population Health

  • Saranya Loehrer, MD, MPH, Head of the North America Region, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)
  • Christina Lundquist, BA, MHS, Vice President of Operations, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital and MacDonald Women's Hospital at University Hospitals (UH) Health System 
  • Lora Council, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Director for Primary Care, Cambridge Health Alliance 

Health systems face numerous challenges in their efforts to improve population health. Among them, multiple entry points, such as initiating better care management for all patients with chronic asthma, widespread depression screening, or working with the community to address food insecurity. Each initiative is valuable yet, taken together, don't necessarily add up to a comprehensive population health strategy. Is there a logic to what to do first, then second, and so on? How do you know you're on the right track?

There are no simple answers, but there has been enough experience with population health in the US and elsewhere that several groups, including IHI, have come up with four portfolios of work to help organizations become more strategic about their efforts. With the help of new resources​, we will discuss these four "pathways" and introduce two health systems that are deeply engaged in improving population health on the June 7 WIHI: Strategic Pathways to Population Health. We hope you'll tune in.

Saranya Loehrer will describe the four population health portfolios​, their differing streams of work, and what committing to one or more comprehensive approaches requires. Two portfolios — Physical and/or Mental Health, and Social and/or Spiritual Well-Being — are the key focus for the Cambridge Health Alliance (CHA), a safety net system of three hospitals and multiple primary care clinics just outside of Boston. CHA's Lora Council will discuss the difference between addressing population health by dint of the patients and communities served, and developing an actual population health plan. If the goal is to achieve meaningful and sustainable change, the latter is crucial.  

Christina Lundquist will echo this sentiment by explaining University Hospitals (UH) Health System's focus on the Community Health and Well-Being and Communities of Solution portfolios. UH wants to have an impact on numerous issues affecting vulnerable populations in and around Cleveland, Ohio — from stress to infant mortality. They've determined that their actions to improve population health must be deliberate, too.

Whatever your population health ambitions are, we hope you'll take advantage of the expertise and new resources highlighted on the June 7 WIHI. See you then! 

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