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Thriving Communities: The Power of Population Health in Improving Overall Wellbeing

From the environment to social dynamics, it's more than luck that determines our health. All components of a community – from resources available to population size—can heavily influence both individual and collective wellbeing. By understanding these factors, we can work together to transform communities by building a bridge between intake and impact.

What is population health?

Population health is understanding the overall wellbeing of populations to inform public policy. It delves into the social determinants of health (SDoH) – various environmental and social conditions that influence health outcomes – to determine how healthy individuals in groups are. To accomplish satisfactory population health, the CDC encourages collaboration between public health professionals, industry representatives, academic researchers, healthcare providers and local government bodies. By collectively identifying and addressing the root causes of poor health, population health initiatives can lead to improved health outcomes and a better quality of life for everyone.

How does it affect communities?

Population health is an integral part of our society, influencing economic standing, quality of life and overall wellbeing. Deprived communities often suffer from a lack of necessary resources, resulting in unequal access to crucial services and medical treatment. Poor population health leads to lower life expectancy, higher healthcare costs and reduced economic opportunities. Investing in healthcare systems that provide high-quality care to everyone, regardless of income or insurance status, can improve population health outcomes. Therefore, it is critical to address population health issues as they can generate positive ripple effects for entire communities, contributing to improved physical, social and economic wellbeing.

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How does Community CareLink play a role in improving population health?

By examining larger trends within groups or communities, organizations gain insight on how to address gaps or weaknesses in SDoH. This enables them to refer their clients to community organizations and work towards closing those gaps. Using the CCL electronic health record (EHR) wealth of resources and reporting capabilities, they can help their communities thrive.

CCL’s all-inclusive case management platform uncovers hidden factors influencing individual wellbeing, from language proficiency to access to mental health care to food scarcity and much more. For example, the CCL system formed a bridge between KU Medical Center (KUMC) and its partners, revolutionizing how growth was tracked in the community. By tracking meaningful data, everyone worked in sync as resources were centralized into one hub. The integrated approach revealed areas where interventions could be implemented to improve social conditions and the overall population health.

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Community CareLink is revolutionizing the way communities can improve population health. Our integrated case management platform allows access to comprehensive data on the SDoH so that possible causes can be identified and addressed more effectively— leading to better overall outcomes for populations in need.

Ensure your community is providing clients with the best possible care by streamlining operations and taking advantage of CCL's secure, efficient solutions. Take the first step in transforming population health today – contact us today to learn more!


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