GNYHA is pleased to distribute this Population Health Curriculum Guide: Introducing Population Health Concepts to Frontline Staff, Providers, and Partners, as part of its continued support of member hospitals and health systems as they increasingly shift to population health models. Population health is a cornerstone of the New York State Department of Health’s (DOH) Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) program, a five-year program that aims to reduce avoidable hospitalizations among Medicaid consumers by 25%. As part of DSRIP, performing provider systems (PPSs) made up of hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, home care agencies, federally qualified health centers, community-based physicians, community-based organizations, and other stakeholders, must create integrated delivery systems, develop communications tools and workflows, and proactively care for large patient panels. All of these activities are important pieces of population health.

The content in this guide can be used by PPSs, hospitals, and other organizations to develop training programs and related materials on the topic of population health.

The guide is organized into four sections, each with learning objectives, related content, recommended learning activities for individuals being trained, and an unfolding case study that uses patient, provider, and care team examples to demonstrate population health activities and their effect on all stakeholders.