The health care paradigm is shifting from episodic care to improving and maintaining the health and well-being of patient populations, impacting care delivery and financial models. In response to the changing landscape, Center for Population Health Research (CPHR) identifies and explores the underlying social, economic, and physical determinants of population health in the community by collaborating with Main Line Health (MLH) stakeholders to establish data collection and evaluation processes for quality improvement, care delivery, or care coordination efforts already underway.

Building on the wealth of population health information obtained through Main Line Health’s extensive Community Health Needs Assessments (available since 2013), the MLH Population Health Dashboard aims to:

  • Aggregate available data on the social, economic and demographic factors that determine health in a readily available format, and engage practitioners, researchers and the MLH and local community at large in discussions of population health through the use of hyperlocal data
  • Enable the systematic and cross-disciplinary identification of research opportunities and challenges for the timely and adequate provision of health care to the populations that MLH serves
  • Support the design, implementation and evaluation of evidence-based strategies that are the most appropriate for the specific populations that MLH serves
  • Connect and energize population health at MLH and the broader region

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Objectives

Several factors can contribute to the development of disease, including age, gender, unhealthy habits and/or medical history. Understanding socio-economic factors and population health is critical to provide better health services and prevent or cure diseases. Our goals are to:

  • Build a decision tool to inform on population health using medical data and sociodemographic and economic factors of health
  • Expand Philadelphia Community Explorer to the four counties surrounding Main Line Health—Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties—as well as to West Philadelphia