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POPULATION HEALTH: Academic medical center’s role?

Ways in which academic medical centers (AMCs) can incorporate population health concepts into their more traditional mission are explored by the Chair of the Department of Population Health at NYU Langone Medical Center.  After defining the concept of “population health” and differentiating it from “public health,” Dr. Gourevitch discusses these areas of opportunities for AMCs:

  • Improving capacity for assuming population risk
  • Optimizing community benefit
  • Emerging models of care
  • Harnessing health information technology
  • Making employees into “health ambassadors” to their communities
  • Relating performance measures to population health
  • Broadening the scope of medical student education to include nonmedical influences on health
  • Integrating primary care and population health
  • Emphasizing downstream translational research
  • Fostering partnership with community
  • Building team science
  • Defining population health metrics
  • Measuring AMC impact on population health

Source:  Gourevitch, M.N. Population health and the academic medical center: the time is right. Academic Medicine;89(4):544-549, Apr. 2014.  Click here to access the publisher’s website:  http://journals.lww.com/academicmedicine/Abstract/2014/04000/Population_Health_and_the_Academic_Medical_Center_.13.aspx   Posted by AHA Resource Center (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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