Population health includes health determinants of specific groups, which can be a country, a community, or a more specific group, such as the elderly, prisoners, or children, to name a few. Population health is not public health. Population health has been defined as a study of factors that influence the health of a group over a lifetime by observing patterns and implementing health policy to improve the health of that population. Consider the following scenario:
You are a population health professional who is working on a leading health indicator (LHI) to increase screening for hypertension, diabetes, rectal cancer, or child immunizations. You would like to develop an educational handout for patients and their families to increase the likelihood that these patients will engage in preventive health options to address this LHI. However, before you can develop an educational handout that will be used in physician’s offices, urgent care centers, and free healthcare clinics, you will have to conduct a brief cost-effectiveness analysis (CEA) to determine the costs associated with participating in preventive health alternatives or foregoing participation in such efforts.
The Assignment: (1– to 2– page Educational Handout and a 1– to 2– page Narrative Summary)
You are a population health specialist who has researched a special population and needs to create an educational handout to make sure patients, who fit into the special population, understand the importance of managing or preventing their chronic illness. Consider the economic and social implications of helping people get healthy and maintain their health and avoid hospital readmissions. Connecting patients to support groups, services in their community, or other programs will improve health.
Part I. Educational Handout (1 – 2 pages)
Create a 1– to 2– page patient education handout for the LHI you selected above. This handout will be patient-focused and should be written at a sixth-grade level. (Note: There is a SMOG analysis tool in the Learning Resources that can help you to determine the readability of your handout.)
The following are examples of patient education handouts that you can use to guide you.
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