Models for Population Health Improvement by Health Care Systems and Partners: Tensions and Promise on the Path Upstream: A Workshop
An ad hoc planning committee organized and convened a one-day public workshop to discuss the growing attention from health care delivery and health insurance organizations to the social determinants of health. Trends and examples regarding population health management efforts that focus on individual-level patient social needs and “medicalize” population health were explored and discussed. The workshop also presented examples of innovative health system efforts that are focused on upstream (meso and macro) level factors, and discussed the challenges and benefits of promoting upstream (i.e., population-level, systems and policy-focused) approaches to population health and health equity. A proceedings and a proceedings in brief of the presentations and discussions at the workshop is being prepared by designated rapporteurs in accordance with institutional guidelines.