Population Health and Health Equity
Population health is defined as “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.”  Population health efforts may target the entire patient population served at health centers or target defined sub-populations of patients with similar needs.
Population health lowers the total cost of care and enhances the wellbeing of the patients served. Thus, a population health model of care is key to health center success in value based and alternative payment models.
5,177 or 4.7% of Montana health center patients are experiencing homelessness, compared to 4.98% of all health center patients in the United States.Uniform Data System, Health Center Program Grantee Data, Montana, 2018
Stay in the loop – sign up for the MPCA Population Health Bulletin email list here. MPCA sends out a quarterly bulletin with updates, resources, and training opportunities. (Kindig D, Stoddart G. “What is population health?” American Journal of Public Health. 2003. 93(3):380-383).