Population Health and the Patient

Jay A. Perman, C. Daniel Mullins, Robin Newhouse

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Academic health centers (AHCs) have a unique opportunity and corresponding moral obligation to improve the quality and equity of care for the communities they serve. AHCs must recognize and address the stark reality that social determinants of health (SDH) significantly influence the health and well-being of populations. SDH include genetics, social circumstances, environment, behavioral choices, and access to medical care. Because SDH are linked to health disparities, addressing SDH enhances AHCs ability to promote health equity. To address SDH, AHCs must: (1) assure that all health professions work together toward a common goal of health for the populations served; (2) provide high-quality, affordable patient care to all with a goal of achieving health care equity across health care settings, delivery systems, and populations; and (3) include the voice of the patient in health care research and decision-making.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Transformation of Academic Health Centers
Subtitle of host publicationMeeting the Challenges of Healthcare's Changing Landscape
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780128010044
ISBN (Print)9780128007624
StatePublished - Apr 7 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Health disparities
  • Interprofessional
  • Minority health
  • Population health
  • Social determinants of health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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    Perman, J. A., Mullins, C. D., & Newhouse, R. (2015). Population Health and the Patient. In The Transformation of Academic Health Centers: Meeting the Challenges of Healthcare's Changing Landscape (pp. 195-202). Elsevier Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-800762-4.00019-0