Population Health at the Academic Health Center: An Interactive, Multipart, Case-Based Session for Executives, Faculty, and Administrators

Lauren A. Maggio, Federica S. Brecha, Angela Fagerlin, Michael L. Good, Steven L. Kanter

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Introduction: Academic health centers (AHCs) play critical roles in population health by providing health care, conducting population health research, and providing population health training and education. This publication describes an interactive, multipart, case-based session targeted at AHC executives, faculty, and administrators about population health initiatives at AHCs and how the AHC structure can be leveraged to promote population health. Methods: This 90-minute virtual session was conducted during the Association of Academic Health Centers' 2020 annual meeting. The session opened with 5-minute, Ignite-style presentations showcasing population health innovations. Next, in small groups, participants discussed a case introducing a fictional AHC charged with assisting its local government's population health efforts. Participants self-selected into one of four small groups (analytics, education and training, community engagement, and implementation) and were provided additional case content and tailored prompts. In the large group, participants debriefed their discussions. Participants completed a postsession survey. Results: Forty-six individuals from 31 AHCs participated. Eighteen participants completed the survey. Sixteen respondents (89%) agreed the session was valuable and provided ideas for implementation at their AHC. Fifteen participants (83%) indicated that they planned to follow up with their colleagues regarding how to leverage the AHC structure to improve population health. Discussion: This session provides an interactive forum to discuss population health in the context of an AHC and examine how its structure can facilitate population health. While offered at a conference, the session can also be implemented at a single AHC to foster local understanding of population health and inform future initiatives.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)11204
Number of pages1
JournalMedEdPORTAL : the journal of teaching and learning resources
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Case-Based Learning
  • Community Engagement
  • Community-Based Medicine
  • Population Health


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