INTEGRATING POPULATION HEALTH INTO A
CHANGING HEALTH SYSTEM
The American College of Preventive Medicine (ACPM) is pleased to respond to the Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) CDC-RFA-OT18-1802, “Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services Through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health,” issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). ACPM is applying under Category C: Nongovernmental Public Health Components.
The goal of ACPM’s proposed project is to better equip public health and healthcare systems to use population health strategies to address challenging health problems and to instill a culture of prevention and population health in those settings.
The project’s primary target population is preventive medicine physicians. Preventive medicine physicians are dually trained in clinical medicine and public health. As such, they are uniquely qualified to strengthen the bond between clinical systems and community health. Nevertheless, they require new skills to navigate and transform a rapidly changing healthcare system that increasingly values population-based approaches to improving health.
This capacity-building project has three primary objectives:
• ACPM will develop a unique, state-of-the-art, online Population Health Integration Curriculum, a comprehensive Continuing Medical Education (CME) product that will build competency in integrating population health into a wide range of healthcare settings.
• ACPM will convene annual full-day Learning Institutes during its annual Preventive Medicine conference that provide in-depth exploration and experiential learning of key modules of the Population Health Integration Curriculum.
• ACPM will provide demonstration grant awards to public health departments and private health systems and institutions to utilize the curriculum to address specific population health challenges. Preventive medicine physicians who have completed the curriculum will assist grant recipients in applying learnings from the curriculum.
ACPM brings a wealth of relevant program experience to this project. ACPM recently launched its Lifestyle Medicine Core Competencies Program, an evidence-based online curriculum with nearly 40 hours of CME content. ACPM also has sponsored major policy and education initiatives on a diverse range of public health and clinical preventive medicine issues.
Preventive medicine physicians work as state and local health officers, as chief medical officers in large corporations, as medical directors in health plans, and in many other leadership positions throughout the health system. Public Health 3.0 calls on public health leaders to assume the role of “Chief Health Strategist” for their communities. Likewise, ACPM aims to enable preventive medicine physicians to embrace the role of “Chief Population Health Strategist” in their respective organizations, if not in name, then in expertise and spirit.