The ASPPH Population Health Leadership Group organized two discussion round tables this week on population health improvement. The sessions in Des Moines (2/22) and Minneapolis (2/23) each brought together more than two dozen public health leaders, health care executives, physician leaders, and business leaders in a full day of frank discussions. The sessions were organized to identify potential new and expanded roles for ASPPH members in the field of population health improvement. The sessions were informed by foundational insights gathered through a population health survey conducted by ASPPH last fall, as well as by more than a dozen key informant interviews.
The discussions at each roundtable were organized around four major trends in population health improvement:
- Trend One: Successful efforts to improve population health within and across communities require cross-sector understanding, connections, leadership, and engagement and the shared implementation of a “health in all policies” strategy.
- Trend Two: The health care delivery system is undergoing a major transformation driven by new public and private sector business models that increasingly reward population health improvement and cost control. This emerging new reality creates a rare opportunity for a wider range of sectors – including but not limited to health care and public health – to partner and collaborate.
- Trend Three: To help fulfill their mission to protect and improve the health of the general population, traditional public health agencies require innovation that applies a broader and more inclusive perspective. New strategies are needed to engage in cross-sector partnerships that can result in collaboration with a much large mix of different types of stakeholders who will bring practical and multi-faceted resources to the table.
- Trend Four: The workforce needed to enable and catalyze population health improvement requires new skill sets, including the ability to deploy important public health and population health concepts within all sectors.
The results of the ASPPH survey on population health, and summaries of the structured interviews and round table discussions will be the focus of a session at the ASPPH Annual Meeting and will be published in June.