This course provides an introduction to Population Health Management and builds the context for the essential role that multi-faceted, scale-able health promotion and prevention interventions play in achieving sustainable, value-based health outcomes at national and global levels. This course will lay the foundation for assessing and developing population health initiatives using the social-ecological framework. In Part 1, participants will evaluate the economic burden and prosperity costs of chronic disease management. In Part 2, participants will survey historical and contemporary population health initiatives to close the gap between disease management and sustainable community health. In Part 3, participants will evaluate evidence-based interventions for key health behaviors.
Meet your Instructor
Dr. Jennifer Gamboa, PT, DPT, OCS is the CEO of Body Dynamics, Center for Sustainable Health. A Physical Therapist by training, she founded BDI as an integrated health clinic in 1995. Throughout her practice, she’s seen first-hand the profound changes people can realize when “we meet them where they are,” and help them navigate towards their best self. Working with an integrated team requires courageous collaboration, deep curiosity and respect for multiple approaches, and an understanding that there is always a next small step. Living upstream on the spectrum of health care, Jen and her team have been privileged many times over to help roll clients off medications and maximize their health potential even if living with chronic disease, including Parkinson’s, MS, post-Polio, and post-stroke.
In 2013, Jen began working on the Sustainable Health Index, a health assessment tool, health literacy training program, and communication/engagement platform so that she could scale the upstream health model beyond her bricks and mortar practice and into the employer and population health space. The Sustainable Health Index launched as a commercially viable product in June 2018. SHI provides with Jen the opportunity to impact health at scale in employer settings, university settings, municipalities and even countries. Stay tuned, many interesting projects are coming down the pike.