Forum Session

Community Collaboration to Improve Population Health
January 30, 2015


Jennifer Jenson, MPH, MPP


Partly in response to incentives in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Art (ACA), communities across America are undertaking innovative efforts to pursue three important goals: improving population health, improving patient care, and reducing per capita health care costs. An increasing emphasis on population health and collaboration between public health, health care providers, and other community actors reflects a growing understanding of the social and economic determinants of health, as well as recognition that more health care does not guarantee better health. This Forum session featured several multi-faceted initiatives for improving population health that are shaped in part by different aspects of the Affordable Care Act, including Medicaid expansion, the requirement for non-profit hospitals to complete a community health needs assessment, and awards from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI, in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services) to accelerate the development and testing of new payment and service delivery models.


Darshak Sanghavi, MD (bio)
Preventive and Population Health Care Models Group
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Ross Owen, MPA (bio)
Hennepin Health

Priscilla Lewis, RN, MBA (bio)
Deputy Director
Office of the State Public Health Director
Oregon Health Authority

Phyllis Simpson Sherard, MPA, MHA, PhD (bio)
Chief Strategy Officer & Vice President of Population Health
Cheyenne Regional Health System
Principal Investigator
Wyoming Institute of Population Health

Related Materials

David Kindig and Greg Stoddart,  "What Is Population Health?" American Journal of Public Health, 93, no. 3 (March 2003): pp. 380-383.

Joshua Sharfstein, "The Strange Journey of Population Health," The Millbank Quarterly, 92, no. 4 (2014): pp. 640–643.

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