Population Health

While the health care sector has made great strides forward in pursuing the IHI Triple Aim — the simultaneous pursuit of improving the experience of care, improving the health of populations, and reducing per capita costs of health care — the pathways for making practical, meaningful, and sustainable improvements in population health are not always clear.

In our work, IHI uses the following definition of population health, articulated by Drs. David Kindig and Greg Stoddardt:

Population health is defined as the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. These groups are often geographic populations such as nations or communities, but can also be other groups such as employees, ethnic groups, disabled persons, prisoners, or any other defined group.

Pathways to Population Health: Resources for Improving Population Health

Pathways to Population Health (P2PH), a collaboration between IHI and four partner organizations, has identified four portfolios of work health care organizations can undertake to accelerate their progress in improving population health, well-being, and equity.

Pathways to Population Health and IHI have developed many resources to help health care organizations jump start or accelerate their efforts to improve population health.

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