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Main Line Health hosts Population Health Day focused on health equity

Lankenau Medical Center October 29, 2019 Research News

The second annual Population Health Day took place at Lankenau Medical Center on Friday, October 18. This year’s theme was health equity, which refers to the study and causes of the differences in the quality of health and health care across different populations.

The day began with a welcome by Phil Robinson, president of Lankenau Medical Center, and George Prendergast, PhD, president and CEO of Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR), followed by Grand Rounds, “The Value of Using Data to Support Population Health Initiatives.”

Speakers included:

  • Harm Scherpbier, MD, chief medical information officer, HealthShare Exchange, and adjunct professor, Jefferson College of Population Health
  • Pamela Clarke, MSW, senior director, quality and operations, Health Promotion Council
  • Elizabeth Scoles, MPH, project manager, HealthShare Exchange

During their talks, the speakers denoted how the results of population health research studies can be used to help health care systems reduce the cost of care for all patients while boosting the quality of that care.

Sharon Larson, PhD, executive director of the Main Line Health Center for Population Health Research (CPHR) at LIMR, served as the event organizer and moderator for the day’s fruitful discussions.

After Grand Rounds, about 60 attendees moved from the auditorium to the Annenberg Conference Center in Lankenau where they participated in deliberative roundtable discussions. Attendees worked together in small groups to identify barriers to healthy equity in our community; brainstorm research strategies to more accurately define those barriers and possible causes; and discern potential solutions.

Roundtable participants included clinical staff, researchers, residents and fellows, area college students, representatives of local nonprofits, and even a few patients.

The day ended with a session just for Main Line Health clinical residents. Dr. Larson and Ms. Clarke offered guidance on identifying appropriate research projects to fulfill residents’ program requirements.

Population Health Day was hosted by CPHR and the Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health. Stay tuned for 2020 Population Health Day, during which the theme will be bioethics and population health.

About Main Line Health

Founded in 1985,Main Line Health is a not-for-profit health system serving portions of Philadelphia and its western suburbs. Main Line Health’s commitment—to deliver advanced medicine to treat and cure disease while also playing an important role in prevention and disease management as well as training physicians and other health care providers—reflects our intent to keep our community and ourselves well ahead. A team of more than 10,000 employees and 2,000 physicians care for patients throughout the Main Line Health system.

At Main Line Health’s core are four of the region’s most respected acute care hospitals—Lankenau Medical Center, Bryn Mawr Hospital, Paoli Hospital and Riddle Hospital—as well as one of the nation’s recognized facilities for rehabilitative medicine, Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital.

Main Line Health also includes Mirmont Treatment Center for drug and alcohol recovery; Main Line Health HomeCare & Hospice, which includes skilled home health care, hospice and home infusion services; Main Line Health Centers, primary and specialty care, lab and radiology, and other outpatient services located in Broomall, Collegeville, Concordville, Exton, King of Prussia and Newtown Square; Lankenau Institute for Medical Research, a biomedical research organization; and Main Line HealthCare,one of the region’s largest multispecialty physician networks.

Main Line Health is the recipient of numerous awards for quality care and service, including System Magnet® designation, the nation’s highest distinction for nursing excellence and the Mid-Atlantic Alliance for Performance Excellence (MAAPE) Excellence Award. Main Line Health is committed to creating an environment of diversity, respect and inclusion and has proudly embraced the American Hospital Association’s #123forEquity Pledge to Act to eliminate disparities in care. We are dedicated to advancing patient-centered care, education and research to help our community stay healthy.

About Lankenau Institute for Medical Research

Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR) is a nonprofit biomedical research institute located on the campus of Lankenau Medical Center and is part of Main Line Health. Founded in 1927, LIMR’s mission is to improve human health and well-being. Faculty and staff are devoted to advancing innovative new approaches to formidable medical challenges, including cancer, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disorders and autoimmune diseases, such as diabetes and arthritis. LIMR’s principal investigators conduct basic, preclinical and translational research, using their findings to explore ways to improve disease detection, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. They are committed to extending the boundaries of human health through technology transfer and training of the next generation of scientists and physicians.