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Which Way Is North? Setting Your Compass for Population Health

February 13, 2020

  • Betsey Rhynhart, MPH, Vice President for Population Health, Concord Hospital
  • Trissa Torres, MD, MSPH, FACPM, Chief Population Health and Content Development Officer, Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

These days most US health systems are working to improve population health, although approaches and focus vary. Some organizations are working to improve health outcomes of defined patient populations like those with Type 2 diabetes, while others are reaching into surrounding, low-income communities to collaborate on reducing addiction or expanding access to cancer screenings or to nutritious food. 

It’s all good work except for one thing: most health systems aren’t certain how their various efforts “add up” or are aligned. That’s a recipe for momentum to stall. To learn how to create a comprehensive population health strategy that unfolds over time, join us for the February 13 WIHI: Which Way Is North? Setting Your Compass for Population Health.

The centerpiece of this WIHI is the Pathways to Population Health Compass, a powerful assessment and organizing tool developed as part of a collaboration between IHI and four partner organizations. The Compass offers a way for health systems to map current population health efforts against deepening possibilities. IHI’s Trissa Torres will provide an overview of the Compass and share some observations on how various organizations have used it to good effect.

Concord Hospital in New Hampshire used the Compass when leaders recognized that much of the hospital’s work on population health was siloed and uncoordinated. As we’ll learn from Betsey Rhynhart, the hospital now has the makings of a three-year plan. One key appears to be identifying and building will among major stakeholders; another is bringing people together from across the organization (across disciplines and departments) for a substantial discussion of innovative population health  possibilities and priorities; finally, it’s a matter of making decisions and executing the work.

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