Population health is defined as the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. (1,2) Population Health is the distribution of health, not just the overall health of a population. If most of the population is healthy then the population is considered healthy and vice versa.
The goals of the Population Health department are to increase the overall health of the population which will help eliminate disparities within the population. Population Health accomplishes these goals by:
- Providing tobacco education and cessation information to students and adults
- Conducting diabetes prevention classes and education
- Training leaders and offering classes in Chronic Disease and Diabetes Self-Management
- Working with individuals with diabetes to set goals and reduce complications of diabetes
- Training and placing AmeriCorps members in communities to provide the programs listed above
- Responding to biological and natural disasters
- Training and coordinating a volunteer emergency response team to assist in public health emergencies
- Pandemic flu preparedness
1. Healthy People 2010. Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. US Dept. of Health and Human Services. http://www.healthypeople.gov. Accessed April 19, 2010.
2. Kawachi, I, S.V. Subramanian, and N. Almeida-Filho. 2002. A Glossary for Health Inequalities. Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health 56:647–52.