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  • March 28, 2017

4 Essentials Children's Hospitals Need to Know About Population Health

Here's a roundup of population health resources to help children's hospitals put strategies into action.

Population health: A term often used in health care, yet not universally understood. To help children's hospital leaders and teams explore changes under health care reform and put a population health strategy into action, here are resources from the 2016 four-part education series, Essentials in Population Health.

And, because population health is a complex topic for any health care organization to tackle; it can be even more difficult to find information applicable to pediatrics. More learning opportunities are available in 2017.

Population health matters

To help transform health care delivery and improve outcomes, children's hospitals must consider a population health perspective. While there are academic and pragmatic definitions of the term, "population health," an understanding of this concept starts with exploring the effect of social determinants on health outcomes. Here's how children's hospitals can make connection.

Learn more: Listen to the Population Health—Why it Matters webinar, or view the whitepaper

Social determinants of health impact care delivery

The CDC defines social determinants of health as "conditions in the places where people live, learn, work and play that affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes." This goes beyond a person's physical environment to encompass factors like education, socioeconomics and social support. But how do children's hospitals go beyond their walls to make a difference in the health of their communities? Here's more about the four strategies for addressing social determinants of health.

Learn more: Listen to the How Social Determinants of Health Impact Care Delivery webinar, or view the whitepaper

Data and analytics have a role in population health

The adoption of electronic medical records (EMRs) has increased the availability of patient data for health care organizations. This data drives population health, from identifying social determinants of health to measuring healthy outcomes and the calculation of value-based payments. Children's hospitals can harness the data already available to help guide decisions. Consider these tips for making sense of data.

Learn more: Listen to the Role of Data Analytics in Population Health webinar, or view the whitepaper.

Train staff members to support population health 

Providing coordinated support that helps a patient manage health care needs can be daunting, particularly when your patients are children. Children's hospitals need to think through how to find the time needed to resource coordination activities. Using risk stratification, role clarity and project management strategies, every member of the team can contribute to helping coordinate care needs under a population health paradigm. Here are six tools to guide the process.

Learn more: Listen to the Staff Competencies to Support Population Health webinar, or view the whitepaper.

The Essentials in Population Health series and other population health resources is a benefit of membership.