Population Health

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Photo: Allyn DiVito, Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital, St., Petersburg, Florida

Understanding Population Health

Hospitals and health systems are evolving to navigate the changing health care landscape. The notion of an institution that is focused only on admitting, treating and discharging sick patients is fading. Children’s hospitals, by virtue of their expertise, the timing of their interventions early in life, and the reliability of their brand, can potentially impact the health of entire generations.


Announcement or News
Community Health Affinity Group
November 23, 2021

Affinity group for colleagues working in community health and community benefit. Learn from peers working in community health.

Addressing Food Insecurity in Specialized Populations
November 10, 2021

Roughly 5.6 million kids have food allergies of some kind. However, the safe and healthy foods needed to meet dietary restrictions aren’t always accessible.

One Model for Tackling the Pediatric Behavioral Health Crisis
November 10, 2021

How children's hospitals can use integrated behavioral health care as a model for addressing patient needs and staffing challenges.

Focusing on Educational Success at Home
September 27, 2021

An education program pivots during COVID-19 pandemic to promote kindergarten readiness for disadvantaged youth.

Dismantling Structural Racism for Children's Well-being
July 13, 2021

Here’s how those who work at children’s hospitals can renew focus on building equity for the children, families and the communities they serve.

5 Ways to Make Behavioral Health Part of Every Child's Care
May 6, 2021

How one hospital is creating statewide change in meeting behavioral health needs.

Community Partners Align to Address Legal Barriers to Health Care
April 28, 2021

This medical-legal partnership relies on collaboration among community partners to ensure the well-being of children and their families.

Program Targets Social Factors that Drive Pediatric Health Outcomes
April 21, 2021

How one hospital built a program to address social challenges in youth with complex and chronic medical conditions.

Analysis or Summary
CMS Releases Guidance to States on Addressing Social Determinants of Health in Medicaid and CHIP
March 3, 2021

CMS released a letter to state health officials providing guidance under Medicaid and CHIP to address SDOH.

School-Based Care Comes Home
January 5, 2021

With large numbers of students learning remotely, Children's Health expands access to care by bringing its school-based telehealth system into the home.

2020 State Child Health Policy Trends
December 18, 2020

Our 2020 State Child Health Policy Trends Overview was informed by responses from children’s hospital GRs in 35 states.

Leader's Perspective: Forecasting the Flu Season
December 2, 2020

Amid COVID-fueled uncertainty, an infectious disease expert says it’s crucial to lean on tried-and-true methods in the fight against the familiar virus.

5 Guidelines to Bring Equity to Action
November 3, 2020

While data is important, this researcher says it’s time to do more than talk about racial disparities; it’s time to work on prevention and intervention.

Flu Planning: Creative Solutions for Immunization During the Pandemic
September 23, 2020

How two children’s hospitals rethought how they deliver immunizations ahead of flu season.

Help Families Create a Plan to Manage Asthma
August 26, 2020

It’s a concept children’s hospitals are increasingly embracing as they address population health and social determinants of health: Meet people where they are.

Amid Pandemic, Children's Hospital Delivers Food
August 11, 2020

Children’s Colorado takes its food clinic on the road to address food insecurity—and provide a glimmer of hope—during the pandemic.

COVID-19: Telehealth for All
August 5, 2020

Children’s hospitals have expanded their telehealth offerings in the face of the pandemic. The next challenge is ensuring everyone can benefit from the technology.

Exploring the Link Between Homelessness and COVID-19
August 3, 2020

One outcome of COVID-10 is an increase in housing insecurity among families.

Presentation or Recording
Creating Health Virtual Learning
May 4, 2020

View upcoming and on-demand population health webinars.

Letter or Testimony
CHA Joins Allied Groups in Letter to FDA Encouraging Transparency in Review of Premarket Tobacco and E-cigarette Product Applications
April 30, 2020

We joined allied groups in a letter to the FDA encouraging transparency in the review of premarket tobacco and e-cigarette product applications.

Screening for Social Determinants of Health: Children's Hospitals Respond
April 3, 2020

An overview of how children's hospitals are selecting and implementing screeners for social determinants of health.

Leader's Perspective: Preventing the Spread of Coronavirus in the U.S.
March 11, 2020

As the death toll climbs internationally, children’s hospital leaders are stressing the importance of screening everyone and taking prompt action for those exhibiting symptoms.

Children's Hospitals Partner with Community Organizations
January 30, 2020

Partnerships between children's hospitals and community organizations have demonstrated improvement in targeted populations.

Fact Sheet
Tobacco and E-cigarettes: 2020 Key Issues
January 17, 2020

Curbing the use of tobacco and e-cigarettes by youth is a bipartisan effort going into 2020.

Letter or Testimony
CHA Supports The Social Determinants Accelerator Act
January 10, 2020

CHA joined a group letter to the House E&C Committee encouraging movement on the Social Determinants Accelerator Act.

VBC Resources


Use these pediatric-focused case examples and market strategies to develop your hospital’s path to value-based care.

Upcoming Events


Essentials Series

Essentials in Population Health series logo

The Essentials in Population Health webinar and white paper series helps CHA members understand why and how our approach to health and health care is changing and what is required to operationalize a population health management strategy.

Case for Investing

In this commentary, CHA CEO Mark Wietecha and Christina Bethell foresee a nation at risk from worrisome trends in our children's health plus costs driven by an aging population.