The theme for this year’s Population Health Day: Health Equity

The second annual Population Health Day took place at Lankenau Medical Center on Friday, October 18. This year’s theme was Health Equity, which refers to the study and causes of the differences in the quality of health and health care across different populations.

The day began with a welcome by Phil Robinson, president of Lankenau Medical Center, and George Prendergast, PhD, president and CEO of Lankenau Institute for Medical Research (LIMR).

Next was the Grand Rounds talk “The Value of Using Data to Support Population Health Initiatives.”

Speakers included:

  • (left) Harm Scherpbier, MD, chief medical information officer, HealthShare Exchange, and adjunct professor, Jefferson College of Population Health
  • (second from right) Pamela Clarke, MSW, senior director, quality and operations, Health Promotion Council
  • (right) Elizabeth Scoles, MPH, project manager, HealthShare Exchange

During their talks, the speakers denoted how the results of population health research studies can be used to help health care systems reduce the cost of care for all patients while boosting the quality of that care.

Sharon Larson, PhD, (top photo, second from left), executive director of the Main Line Health Center for Population Health Research (CPHR) at LIMR, served as the event organizer and moderator for the day’s fruitful discussions.

After Grand Rounds, about 60 attendees moved from the auditorium to the Annenberg Conference Center in Lankenau where they participated in deliberative roundtable discussions. Attendees worked together in small groups to identify barriers to healthy equity in our community; brainstorm research strategies to more accurately define those barriers and possible causes; and discern potential solutions.

Roundtable participants included clinical staff, researchers, residents and fellows, area college students, representatives of local nonprofits, and even a few patients.

The day ended with a session just for Main Line Health clinical residents. Dr. Larson and Ms. Clarke offered guidance on identifying appropriate research projects to fulfill residents’ program requirements.

Population Health Day was hosted by CPHR and the Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health.

Stay tuned for 2020 Population Health Day, during which the theme will be “Bioethics and Population Health.”

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