Penn Medicine Center for Health Care Innovation

Population Health

A Population Health approach seeks to improve the health of entire populations of people we serve, not just the health of people when they are in the hospital. The approach considers a wide range of health care determinants including socioeconomic status, access to health care services, cultural considerations, environmental influences and personal behavior that traditional health care delivery models often fail to take into account, but that can have a profound impact on health.

By gaining an understanding of the full range of factors and determinants that impact the health of whole populations, we can design nontraditional interventions that can improve the health of large groups of people.

Employee Population Health
In a partnership with the University of Pennsylvania Health System Human Resources Department, The Center for Health Care Innovation is developing approaches to improve the health of UPHS employees and their families.

Not only does this work contribute to our goal of advancing the health and health care of UPHS employees, but it can serve as a model for population health approaches that may be of value for all of the populations we serve.

IMPaCT Community Health Worker Program
The Center for Health Care Innovation serves in a consultative capacity for the IMPaCT Program at Penn Medicine. Led by Shreya Kangovi, MD, IMPaCT supports the health of low socioeconomic status patients in West Philadelphia though the use of community health workers – members of the patients’ community who help with a wide range of access and psycho-socioeconomic barriers that prevent members of this population from successfully utilizing healthcare services, leading to poor health and higher costs.

To learn more about Dr. Kangovi, and to watch a video about the IMPaCT program, click here.