Metrics That Matter for Population Health Action: Workshop Summary


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David Kindig, Professor Emeritus and Emeritus Vice-Chancellor, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, said not only is there an overabundance of measures and indicators available for measuring various aspects of population health, but there have been multiple efforts to examine the nature, validity, uses, and usefulness of existing measures with the goal of simplifying existing sets to meet the needs of all decision makers, from policymakers to communities, without much success in meeting that goal. A committee was appointed to plan and convene a workshop exploring the status and uses of measures and measurement in the work of improving population health.  The workshop planning committee developed a set of objectives for the workshop, which include: highlight existing and emerging population health metrics sets and explore their purposes, areas of overlap and gaps; highlight population health metrics with attention to equity and disparities; discuss characteristics of metrics necessary for stakeholder action across multiple sectors whose engagement is needed to transform the conditions for health in communities; and highlight population health metrics useful to addressing health beyond health care and engaging “total population health,” again, across multiple sectors.