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For this Discussion, you will apply a framework developed by Kindig, Asada, and Booske (2008) to a population health issue of interest to you. This framework includes

five key health determinants that should be considered when developing policies and programs to improve population health: access to health care, individual behavior,

social environment, physical environment, and genetics.
To prepare:
Review the article “A Population Health Framework for Setting National and State Health Goals,” focusing on population health determinants.
Review the information in the blog post “What Is Population Health?”
With this information in mind, elect a population health issue that is of interest to you.
Using this week’s Learning Resources, the Walden Library, and other relevant resources, conduct a search to locate current data on your population health issue.
Consider how epidemiologic data has been used to design population health measures and policy initiatives in addressing this issue.

Readings
Kovner, A. R., & Knickman, J. R. (Eds.). (2011). Health care delivery in the United States (Laureate Education, Inc., custom ed.). New York, NY: Springer Publishing.
Chapter 5, “Population Health” (pp. 85–102)

This chapter introduces the concept of population health, which views health issues at the population level rather than at an individual level.
Kindig, D. (2007). Understanding population health terminology. The Milbank Quarterly, 85(1), 139–161.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

This article provides a valuable foundation in understanding the terminology of population health. Although written in 2007, the information in this article is very

pertinent to the topics discussed this week.
Kindig, D., Asada, Y., & Booske, B. (2008). A population health framework for setting national and state health goals. JAMA, 299(17), 2081–2083.
Retrieved from the Walden Library databases.

Using a framework to craft policy and programs can help ensure that outcomes are measurable. The authors of this article note how some of the overarching goals of

Healthy People 2010 were not measurable. They suggest a framework for developing more measurable goals for Healthy People 2020.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2010). Morbidity and mortality weekly report (MMWR). State health statistics. Retrieved from

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/StateHealth/index.html

The CDC website provides health statistics gathered using epidemiologic methods. Explore the health statistics for your state or for a health problem of interest to

you.
HealthyPeople.gov. (2010). Foundation health measures. Retrieved from http://healthypeople.gov/2020/about/tracking.aspx

Healthy People 2020 uses the four foundational measures presented at this website to monitor the health of the American population.
State of New South Wales, Department of Education and Communities and Charles Sturt University. (2012). Core 1: Health priorities in Australia: How are priority issues

for Australia’s health identified? Retrieved from http://hsc.csu.edu.au/pdhpe/core1/focus/focus1_1/4003/health_pri1_1_1.htm

Australia uses epidemiologic data to establish its health priorities. Review the information presented at this website, and consider how the United States sets its

health priorities.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2010). Healthy People 2020. Retrieved from

http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/TopicsObjectives2020/pdfs/HP2020_brochure_with_LHI_508.pdf

This overview of Healthy People 2020 provides a description of goals of this program, along with indicators used to assess the health of the United States.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. (2012). Healthy People 2020 – Improving the health of Americans. Retrieved from

http://www.healthypeople.gov/2020/default.aspx

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