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.

To learn more about what each of the states in Region V are working on in regards to Population Health, click on the sections below to expand or shrink each section and get more information.


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 population health that is demonstrated through the technical assistance provided to local public health and health system professionals, as well as through deployment of continuing education opportunities.  Faculty of the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health promote population health in their classes and contribute to our Certificate in Population Health Science, our minor in Population Health and our MD-MPH joint degree.  Examples of key strategies include mentorship of MD and MPH students to teach them how to work in tandem at a local free health clinic monitoring population health and deploying direct services.  Trainings offered by the Indiana Public Health Training Center include community health needs assessment, community health improvement planning, quality improvement and evaluation.  Finally, Indiana is working with competing health systems and local health departments on strategies known to improve population health.

New Trainings:

Indiana’s Public Health Insights & Innovation webinar series features an academic and practice perspective on how to build a culture of health. Based on the Robert Wood Johnson’s 20-year commitment to improving population health, our 1-hour webinars are designed to explore each action area, driver and measure of the Culture of Health Framework and provide concrete examples of how communities can work together to improve population health. Visit http://www.pbhealth.iupui.edu/index.php/iphtc/insights-and-innovations/ to enjoy enduring training materials or email jomccart@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:

Customer Service in Public Health – Parts 1 – 3: Customer service is an inherent element of public health practice across settings. “Customers” not only include patients or clients receiving direct services, but also our partners in other organizations and co-workers within our own agency. This three-part on-demand webcast training series will demonstrate how public health managers and other professionals can contribute to the development of a culture of customer service within their organization, including a focus on mission, effective communication, and quality improvement processes.

Seeds of Change: Cultivating a Healthy Mind and Spirit: This session originated from the 9th annual Community Health Worker Conference from Spectrum Health Healthier Communities. The goal of this session is to provide inspiration and techniques to help public health professionals grow and develop their mental resilience. The ability to bounce back when faced with burnout, difficult clients and lack of resources is a critical link to being a healthy, motivated, and productive health advocate.


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. www.cphplean.org

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. www.cphplearn.org

Addressing Quality Improvement in 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. www.cphplearn.org


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

New Social Justice SeriesCOMING SOON!