Title

The Population Health Management PolicyMap Project (PHM/PMP)

Investigators

Anne M. Hewitt

Granting Agency

Digital Humanities Committee Seed Grant, Seton Hall University

Award Date

2016

Document Type

Abstract

Publication Date

2016

Abstract

The Population Health Management/ PolicyMap Project links together the academic focus on population health management and the adoption of the PolicyMap technology to develop essential analytical skills applicable to real-time health industry decision-making. This Project helps prepare students to identify populations at risk, develop risk segmentation characteristics and criteria and to complete risk stratification in order to complete integrated care plans and management. The map representation will help students further engage in determining risk factors and treatment options/availabilities that will be crucial in planning, preventing and managing any of the at-risk health conditions.

The PolicyMap learning assignment will be integrated within a designated unit of the HCAD 7518 – Managing Community and Population Health course offered during the Fall 2016 semester to two separate sections (online and on-campus). Within each course, students will be divided into task forces focusing on a specific population health topic. These topics will be based on immediate health issues that have major impacts on quality of life and health costs. Potential topics will be very diverse from focusing on emerging contagious diseases (Zika) to substance abuse (Opoid epidemic), HIV/AIDs persistence in rural populations and behavioral health management for at-risk populations. The actual assignment will require the students to identify the population health issues, research the characteristics and criteria of the condition and to define the population at-risk. The key skill development revolves around the student's capacity to find the most appropriate data sources and to select those data indicators that best represent the needs of the population at-risk. The PolicyMap tool will allow the student to link together not only clinical conditions, but social determinants as well. The summary reports and presentations will allow students to demonstrate critical thinking as they design their management responses to the various healthcare challenges.

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