Community Health Improvement

What is Population Health and Community Health Improvement?

According to the Institute of Medicine, population health is “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.” While not a part of the definition itself, it is understood that such population health outcomes are the product of multiple determinants of health, including medical care, public health, genetics, behaviors, social factors and environmental factors.

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement has emphasized the role that healthcare organizations may play in improving population health through its Triple Aim Initiative which advocates the simultaneous improvement of the patient experience of care (including quality and satisfaction), reduction in the per capita cost of health care and improvement of the health of populations.

Community health improvement is a core element of population health focusing on improving health outcomes in targeted populations by addressing priority health needs and social determinants of health with evidence-based initiatives resulting in a positive change in health outcomes.

At the University of Maryland Medical Center and the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, we believe in and support this definition of population health and community health improvement in many ways. We provide health services to underserved populations, health education and screenings, financial and in-kind donations, job readiness training, support groups, charitable care and a variety of clinics to name a few. We are committed to making a positive, sustained difference in the community at many levels.