Roundtable Introductory Video
The roundtable’s vision is of a strong, healthful, and productive society which cultivates human capital and equal opportunity. This vision rests on the recognition that outcomes such as improved life expectancy, quality of life, and health for all are shaped by interdependent social, economic, environmental, genetic, behavioral, and health care factors, and will require robust national and community-based policies and dependable resources to achieve it.
The HMD Roundtable on Population Health Improvement intends to catalyze urgently needed action toward a stronger, more healthful, and more productive society. The roundtable will therefore facilitate and sustain collaborative action by a community of science-informed leaders in public health, health care, business, education and early childhood development, housing, agriculture, transportation, economic development and community- and faith-based organizations.
Working Definition of Population Health
Realizing that there is not uniform agreement on the definition of population health, the Roundtable will use the following definition to guide its initial conversations.
Population Health is "the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group" (Kindig and Stoddart, 2003). While not a part of the definition itself, it is understood that such population health outcomes are the product of multiple determinants of health, including medical care, public health, genetics, behaviors, social factors, and environmental factors.
For additional details about defining population health, see the Working Definition here.
Kindig, D., and G. Stoddart. 2003. What is population health? American Journal of Public Health 93(3):380-383.