Population Health and Health Equity

The Montana Primary Care Association’s vision is health equity for all Montanans. MPCA’s population health and health equity programs are focused on improving the overall health and well-being of health center patients, especially those patients who are historically underserved, have complex clinical and social needs, and/or demonstrate health disparities.

Population health is defined as “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.” [1] 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

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[1] (Kindig D, Stoddart G. “What is population health?” American Journal of Public Health. 2003. 93(3):380-383).

MPCA’s population health projects include: