Devereux launches population health
initiative focusing on whole-person healthcare
Population health aims to improve the overall health and
well-being of a population. At Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health, we are
taking a population health approach to caring for the individuals we serve,
their families and our employees every day. We are doing this by:
- Clearly defining our populations and their risk
- Improving the individual’s experience;
- Using evidence-based practices;
- Practicing cost-effective treatment; and
- Influencing policy to improve outcomes
Population health push
Devereux’s national director of population health, Lea Anne Gardner, Ph.D., RN, recently
discussed the organization’s population health initiative at the 2018 Pennsylvania
Advocacy and Resources for Autism and Intellectual Disability (PAR) Solutions Conference
in Harrisburg, Pa. The annual three-day event
brings together key stakeholders in intellectual disability and autism services
from across Pennsylvania and the country.
“By taking a clearly defined, focused approach to
population health, we aim to improve the health of the individuals in our care,
their families - and our employees - while recognizing there are social
determinants that may impact health outcomes,” said Gardner “These factors
include socioeconomic status (i.e., education, income, family support), physical
environment, health behaviors (i.e., alcohol and tobacco use, diet, exercise)
and access to healthcare. At Devereux, we also aim to improve the individual
experience of care and reduce the per capita cost of care for all of our
Whole-person centered healthcare
Devereux’s population health initiative focuses on promoting
the integration of behavioral healthcare with physical care in outpatient,
community-based and residential treatment settings. It also involves managing
and coordinating that care to help the individuals we serve, their families and
our employees improve their overall health.
Devereux’s initial population health focus is individuals
with intellectual and developmental disabilities and autism. Steps for
addressing both populations include:
- Performing needs assessments;
- Identifying risk factors;
- Determining areas of improvement;
- Establishing and implementing a plan of action;
- Evaluating outcomes
“Health is more than the absence of disease or sickness,”
Gardner said. “Attaining good health requires taking care of your mind and body
so you can enjoy life and those around you. It’s not an easy goal to reach, but
with the right support it allows each of us to live our best life.”
Learn about Devereux Advanced Behavioral Health.
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