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Population Health Integration Curriculum
Population Health Integration Curriculum

ACPM has been awarded a 5-year cooperative agreement by the CDC Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support  to strengthen public health systems and services through national partnerships as part of the overall goal to improve and protect the nation's health.

The main focus of the cooperative agreement is a grant from the CDC Division of Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention to develop a comprehensive 'Population Health Integration Curriculum.' The purpose of the curriculum is to better equip public health and healthcare systems to use population health strategies to address challenging health problems and to instill a culture of prevention and population health in those settings. ACPM will develop and add two 1–1.5 CME/MOC courses to the curriculum in 2019.

Why is this curriculum important?

Preventive medicine physicians trained in population health continue to face challenges working in new types of health systems. According to a 2014 survey conducted among ACPM's preventive medicine physician membership, 98 percent of respondents said they can play a role in health systems transformation, yet 44 percent said they had no experience participating in health systems transformation.

ACPM aims to enable preventive medicine physicians to become 'Chief Population Health Strategists'—in expertise and authority—in health settings across the country. The curriculum will equip practicing preventive medicine physicians and others with the skills they need to succeed and be fulfilled in their careers while moving the nation’s health system toward realizing the vision of Healthy People 2020 and beyond. 

Initial Courses

ACPM will develop two 1-1.5 hour(s) CME/MOC courses that will be a part of the Population Health Integration Curriculum and available through ACPM's learning platform

The preliminary topics for the initial two courses are:

  • Overview of population health in an era of transforming healthcare system;
  • Population level strategies to influence social determinants of health to address non-communicable diseases

These evidence-based courses will provide a foundation in population health and, through case studies, assess the determinants of health and effectively integrate population level strategies within health systems and other work settings with the overall goal to improve the health of high-risk populations.

Additional courses, on critical population health topics, will be added to this curriculum in the future years pending availability of funds. 

Advisory Committee

This project will be implemented with guidance from various ACPM members who have expertise and experience in various topics within population health. Committee members will meet once a month through a conference call and help develop strategic direction for the Population Health Integration Curriculum.The members of the Advisory Committee are listed below. We will soon be adding their bios. 

  • M. Jacob Adams, MD, MPH
  • Daniel Blumenthal, MD, MPH, FACPM
  • Wendy E. Braund, MD, MPH, MSEd, FACPM
  • Earl W. Ferguson, MD, PhD, FACC, FACP, FACPM
  • Tisha Johnson, MD, MPH
  • Carolyn Murray, MD, MPH, FACPM
  • Samar Muzaffar, MD, MPH
  • Michael D. Parkinson, MD, MPH, FACPM
  • F. Douglas Scutchfield, MD
  • Catherine Witkop, MD, MPH
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