Dartmouth-Hitchcock's (D-H) Population Health team convenes health system and community leaders to design and implement evidence-based programs that address the priorities of the health system and the needs of our communities.
- Population health highlights: Learn about some of the work done by our population health teams across the system.
- Awards and news: Read stories about individuals who are recognized for their population health efforts.
We have reason for optimism as we combine our strength as an outstanding clinical delivery system with the knowledge and expertise of The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and Dartmouth College. Population Health at Dartmouth-Hitchcock draws on the deep expertise in our system and our communities to advance the health of our patients, our people, and our communities.
There is growing evidence from developed and developing countries that community-based approaches are effective in improving the health of individuals and populations. This is especially true when the social determinants of health are considered in the design of the community-based approach.Institute of Medicine 2015. Building Health Workforce Capacity through Community-based Health Professional Education
What is population health?
Population health has been defined as the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group. Health outcomes (measured by the quality of life, as well as the length of life) are affected by clinical care services, but our health behaviors, our socioeconomic conditions, and our physical environments actually have a greater impact on our overall health. Population health looks at the whole picture—the combination of clinical care and the conditions that influence our health outside of the clinic or the hospital. And, importantly, population health addresses health equity—how to make sure that every person has the opportunity to reach their fullest health status and no one is disadvantaged due to their social position or circumstances.
Our efforts are focused on improving health outcomes for three populations: our people, our patients, and our communities.