Population health is defined as “the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of such outcomes within the group.” Population health looks at the overall health of a group, whether it’s a rural community in South Georgia, or the African American population in Atlanta, while accounting for specific needs of that group and potential barriers to care.
Properly addressing population health at a local level is a challenge that healthcare providers, government officials, and community organizations have been working together to achieve in the state of Georgia for decades. Many people view health care as an intensely individual, even private issue, so how then is it possible to tackle health at a population level while still noting the specific needs of every Georgian?
UnitedHealthcare is dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and making the health system work better for everyone. Bringing care closer is even more imperative in communities that lack access to health resources specific to the population. To do this effectively in Georgia, we know the key is to identify the unique needs of each community. This is possible through partnerships with local leaders and nonprofit organizations that have a daily pulse on priority issues among the people they serve.