Population Health Management: Our Framework for Optimizing Senior Health Across the Continuum

Publication Type:Newsletter

Our purpose in writing this article is to highlight how Population Health Management (PHM) strategies apply to and integrate with the lives of people over the age of 50, applying our framework for supporting healthy lives. We follow these individuals along the aging continuum—moving with the individual from being active and well, to becoming chronically ill or possibly frail disabled, or as they age with optimal health in mind and body. Our discussion of the PHM framework highlights how PHM principles follow the individual, always working to support and extend wellness and maximize independence. We will discuss components of the PHM model, how PHM works in a real world setting and highlight trends, gaps, and opportunities for improving the lives of people in our communities. This paper follows Patrick and Maria, two hypothetical individuals, as they age, and discusses how our health care delivery system, paired with PHM and community resources, can support their healthier aging.