Population Health Workgroup
Health Workgroup (PHW) was a collaboration of primary care physicians, private
health insurers, healthcare organizations, and the Division of Public Health staff starting in 2015 as one of the SHIP workgroups. The public health issues of the SHIP and
Get Healthy Idaho had obvious overlap. Access to Care was the number one
priority of the assessment and is foundational to the SHIP. Therefore, as
healthcare transformation unfolds in Idaho, it made sense that Access to Care was a first year priority. Even though Diabetes was not identified as a priority
health issue of the population health assessment, the economic burden and
morbidity estimations of diabetes in Idaho also make it a first year priority.
Tobacco Use is a major behavioral risk factor that impacts heart disease and
stroke directly, the third priorities of the population health assessment. By
adopting Tobacco Use as a year one priority, we may indirectly impact the
priority health issues of heart disease and stroke. The Time Sensitive
Emergency (TSE) System of Care was approved and funded by the Idaho Legislature
in 2014. TSE was a direct impact to three of the top five leading causes of death
in Idaho: trauma, stroke, and heart attack. The outcomes associated with a
comprehensive TSE system of care are improved patient outcomes, reduced
frequency of preventable death, and improved quality of life of the patient.
Finally, Obesity was identified as a priority issue for both the SHIP and the
population health assessment. An obvious connection to obesity is Exercise, the
fifth priority health issue of the population assessment. Exercise will be
addressed through the strategies developed to address Obesity.
As needed-dates and times of meetings are published on the calendar
Current Workgroup Activities:
Advise the Idaho Healthcare Coalition (IHC) and the regional
health collaboratives on population health, both within the patient-centered
medical home (PCMH) and in the medical-health neighborhoods to achieve the optimal health outcomes for the broader population.