Population Health

Population Health is “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.” (Kindig, DA., Stoddart, G. 2003) Population Health Themes for Region V include: Assessment, Planning, Implementation, Evidence Based programming and decision making, Partnership/collaboration, Quality Improvement, Evaluation and performance management, Health communications, Health equity and health disparity, and capacity building.

GLPHTC undertook an initiative entitled Inquiry Toward Communities of Practice, starting in 2015, to explore how it might better support local integration of primary care and public health to improve population health. The purpose of the project was threefold:

  1. Understand perceptions around population health from primary care and public health audiences
  2. Describe what was working and what needed improvement to promote integration
  3. Based on recommendations, develop training and resources to address the gaps

In response to this initiative, each of our Local Performance Sites in Region V developed a Success Story on Integrating Primary Care and Public Health to help:

  • Learn best practices from existing efforts in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin
  • Understand elements of successful integration
  • Identify methods and tools to facilitate integration
  • Recognize challenges and drive solutions
  • Improve Population health in your community

Expand the sections below to learn more about what each of the states in Region V are working on in regards to Population Health.


New Trainings:

Performance Management Overview (August 6, 10:30-12PM CT): During this session participants will dive into the PHAB guidance regarding an organizational performance management system. Practical tools and processes will be shared that have been effectively used by peer health departments. Presenters will share lessons learned and strategies to overcoming common challenges in developing and maintaining a performance management system that monitors progress of organizational objectives. Click to access the Performance Management Overview session.

Quality Improvement and Performance Management (August 13, 10:30AM-12PM): The Illinois Public Health Institute will be developing a three part series focusing on quality improvement and performance management. The three webinars would include 1) Performance Management Overview-providing a deeper dive into established standards and measures; 2) Quality Improvement 101; and 3) Building a Culture of Quality and Performance Management into your organization. Click to access the Quality Improvement 101 session.

Building a Culture of Quality and Performance Improvement (August 27, 10:30AM-12PM): During this session, participants will explore change management principles and techniques to successfully engage staff and leaders at a variety of levels in facilitating change and infusing a culture of quality and performance management throughout the organization. Presenters will share examples and lessons learned from peer health departments as well as useful tools and resources. Click to access the Building a Culture of Quality and Performance Improvement session.


Indiana University has a long-standing commitment to supporting and improving the public health of our state. The Indiana Public Health Training Center and the Center for Public Health Practice, both of which are housed by the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, work collaboratively to provide technical assistance to local public health practitioners and health system professionals, to develop and to deploy continuing education opportunities, and to host the bi-annual Indiana Public Health Conference to convene statewide stakeholders and address top public health priorities.

Additionally, faculty of the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health promote population health in their courses in academic degree programs and continuing education opportunities.

New Trainings:

The Indiana Public Health Training Center continues to host webinars and educational activities from the Fairbanks School of Public Health. Our 2017 INsights & INnovation series, Creating Opportunities to Achieve Optimal Health, explores ways in which we can address public health challenges through a health equity lens. Our 1-hour webinars offer Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits through the Indiana University School of Medicine’s Division of Continuing Medical Education as well as Certified Public Health Education Specialist (CHES) credit provided by Indiana Society for Public Health Education (InSOPHE). Visit our archive to enjoy past Insights and Innovations presentations or email ajanota@iu.edu to register for future live, monthly webinars.


The Michigan Public Health Training Center and its partners have shared expertise in training the workforce to address population health and health equity. For example, the Michigan PHTC and Authority Health partner to provide a Certificate in Population Health & Health Equity training effort to osteopathic medical residents in Detroit. The Michigan PHTC also partners with state and local health departments and others to meet identified training needs, whether regarding emerging public health topics or foundational skills such as customer service. In all training efforts, the Michigan PHTC seeks to draw upon the expertise of those at the UM SPH as well as practitioners in the field to deliver high-quality, relevant continuing education.

New Trainings:

How to Understand and Implement Health Literacy – Did you know that over 70 million American adults have basic or below basic health literacy skills? Limited health literacy can affect even those with strong literacy skills when faced with unfamiliar medical terms. Health literacy is a key health equity factor for individual providers and their organizations to address. This training provides an overview of health literacy concepts, impacts, and tools for health care and public health professionals.

LGBTQ+ Cultural Humility Training for Health Center Staff – This course will build upon an introduction to LGBTQ+ cultural humility concepts and practices for health clinic staff. This course was created with Michigan Forward in Enhancing Research and Community Equity (MFierce), a coalition of public health researchers, LGBTQ+ Youth Advisors, and community-based organizations working to reduce the burden of STIs in LGBTQ+ communities. It will cover the following topics: introduction to LGBTQ+ populations; desire, behavior, identities; gender and gender expression; sex assigned at birth; cultural competence versus cultural humility; elements of cultural humility practice; and examples of culturally humble practices.


Minnesota is a leader in developing in-person and online trainings on culturally responsive public health practice, with a focus on health disparities and health equity. Partnering with individuals from the Minnesota Department of Health, local public health agencies, and other community partners, Minnesota has developed a robust series of online courses on the core public health concepts, including epidemiology, biostatistics, environmental health, and management. Minnesota has also been recognized nationally for using cutting-edge technology and utilizing gaming simulation to reach the current and future public health workforce.

New Trainings:

Health Disparities Roundtable 2015: Health in All Policies: Learning Objectives: Describe the role of policy in addressing the social determinants of health; Explain the role of community organizing in eliminating health disparities; Describe the role working across disciplines has in building momentum for structural change to benefit community health; Discuss how a Health in All Policies approach can promote health equity and; Describe several strategies that can be used to bring health into the policy process.

Featured Dr. Keshia Pollack, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health; Dr. Edward Ehlinger, Minnesota Department of Health, and Kate Hess pace, ISAIAH

This live event was recorded and will be available online.


The Health Policy Institute of Ohio is actively involved in population health initiatives including the recent release of several policy briefs focused on prevention and population health. Within the OSU College of Public Health, a population health management concentration is being added to the MPH program and the annual Summer Program in Population Health offers multiple courses addressing population health issues. Additionally, Ohio’s Governor established an Office of Health Transformation aimed at “transforming Ohio into a model of health and vitality”. Strategic priorities for the state include: Modernizing Medicaid, Streamlining Health and Human Services, and Paying for Value.

New Trainings:

CQI: The Fundamentals: This online self-study course introduces the principles of quality improvement and methods for problem-solving, provides details on the application of the Continuous Quality Improvement process in an organization.

CQI: Tool Time: This online self-study course introduces some commonly used tools for continuous quality improvement (CQI) and is designed to accompany the CQI for Public Health: The Fundamentals course.

Writing a QI Plan for Your Agency: This 30 minutes online, self-study module will provide you with key strategies and tools to get started on a QI Plan for you agency.


The Wisconsin Center for Public Health Education and Training (WiCPHET), housed in the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Medicine and Public Health’s Department of Population Health Sciences, works towards the development of a competent, sufficient, and diverse public health workforce to promote and protect health. WiCPHET does this by continually building on long-standing relationships and partnerships in Wisconsin’s public health and educational communities.

New Trainings:

Cultural Awareness Series: Consists of 4 online, self-study training modules covering a wide range of topics including LGBT and refugee communities as well as organizational culture. These modules were developed to address our increasingly diverse landscape by providing an introduction into the philosophy, values, and conceptual frameworks of cultural competence and cultural humility. To access these courses along with many others, please visit our NEW website at www.wicphet.org

Online Capstone Certificate in Leadership for Population Health Improvement: Designed for professionals who are interested in strengthening their capacity to contribute to population health improvement, this online program consists of four, 3-credit courses, offered over a two year period. Upon completion, participants will be prepared to identify opportunities for policy and system change and exercise stronger leadership skills, including planning, communication, collaboration, and negotiation. To access these courses along with many others, please visit our NEW website at www.wicphet.org

Social Justice Series: The health of a population is related to features of society, and its social and economic organization. Health is a matter that goes beyond the provision of health services. Our Social Justice Series modules are designed to introduce you to the major social variables that affect public health, including socioeconomic status, race, poverty, income distribution, social network, social support, social capital, neighborhood and community environment, and psychosocial stress.