Prevention as a Population Health Strategy.

Affiliation

Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Washington School of Medicine, Suite 355, 1107 Northeast 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98105, USA. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Many health care systems are shifting to value-based care and beginning to integrate population-based strategies into care delivery. Preventive care is an important domain of this work. Properly applied, these services improve population health and reduce health care costs. Preventive care comprises a substantial proportion of quality metrics for which providers are held accountable. This article discusses prevention through a public health lens, highlighting opportunities in ambulatory care settings to collaborate with community-based organizations and community health workers, redefine primary care teams, and design population-based approaches to improve health.

Keywords

Community health workers,Community linkages,Health coaches,Population health,Preventive health,

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