What is Population Health?
Population health is the health outcomes of a group of individuals, such as communities, nations, employees, church members, etc., including the distribution of health outcomes within those groups. Health care providers, public health agencies, community-based organizations, and others are working together to improve the health outcomes in their communities. To learn more about population health, see the links below:
Population Health Simulation
Population Health Simulation was held on Tuesday, April 22 at the Perkins Community Room, Glendale City Hall, 141 N. Glendale Avenue.[nggallery id=5]
The purpose of this gathering was to stimulate a conversation about how we can collaboratively focus on the triple aim (clinical quality, service quality, efficiency/value) for the greater Glendale/Foothill community. The exercise itself consisted of a computer simulation around a fictitious community called “Friendly Hills.” Teams gathered around tables with computers and are given a set of circumstances (prevalence of diseases, demographics, budgets, etc.) and were given choices to make about how best to serve the community. Each team consisted of people assigned to one of four professional disciplines: physician clinic, employer, health plan (insurer), and hospital. The fun part was that everyone takes roles that they are not familiar with on a day-to-day basis. Each team competes over the course of three rounds for the best outcomes in the triple aim. Of course, in the end, the teams were scored and the winning team was acknowledged.
Our electronic medical record partner, Cerner, developed the simulation and will be facilitating the event on April 22.
Leaders from the Glendale Healthier Community Coalition member organizations, civic leaders, healthcare professionals, employers, and other community leadership were present.
Choose Health LA Kids (CHLAKids)
Glendale Adventist Medical Center was the recipient of a coveted grant that has uniquely positioned the hospital with the ability to implement the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s Early Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative (ECOPI), Choose Health Los Angeles Kids in the areas of Glendale, La Cañada, La Crescenta, and Montrose.
Choose Health LA Kids is a population health, early childhood diabetes and obesity prevention initiative. Funded through First Five LA, the program is designed to target children 0-5years of age and their families. Its goal, is to implement community based education, skills building, and environmental changes that promote physical activity and healthy eating. This will be emphasized through community outreach and cross-sector collaboration.
Glendale Adventist Medical Center PACT to Quit
(Physicians and Community Together)
Glendale Adventist Medical Center was awarded a grant from Pfizer to identify and support healthcare system and provider needs regarding improving clinical and systems practices to increase smoking cessation quit rates. The goal of all Pfizer funded projects in our award category is to improve an existing smoking cessation initiative and corresponding quit rates, by increasing clinician, hospital departments, and community interactions to help smokers quit.
Physicians and Community, Together, to Quit (PACT to Quit) is GAMC’s approach to improving inter-departmental communication and systems protocols to better ensure, track, and measure inpatient referrals to outpatient tobacco use cessation programs. The Community Services Department is partnering with Family Practice Medicine, Behavioral Health, Information Technology, nursing, Occupational Medicine, other departments, and community partners including Glendale Healthy Kids, to improve (a) actual referrals into cessation programs, (b) actual in-patient exposure to, and clinician engagement in Ask, Advise, Assist, and Refer, and (c) GAMC systems and tracking protocols designed to help patients quit, beginning from the time of hospital admissions. GAMC believes that an additional benefit of these efforts, to patients and the hospital system, is its potential to impact efforts to reduce re-admissions.