Gage Awards for population health recognize successful programs that aim to improve health outcomes for a defined population or community by addressing the social and economic factors that influence health.
Social determinants of health can include housing instability, food insecurity, transportation needs, utility needs, education, family and social supports, employment and income, interpersonal violence, health behaviors, health literacy, community infrastructure, legal needs, structural racism, and social needs screening.
Population health programs are not alike; but key features may include:
- working outside hospital walls to care for and/or improve the health of individuals living in a specified geographic area (e.g., county, city, etc.).
- a focus on promoting equitable health outcomes for vulnerable populations.
- using community-based resources to support population health.
- addressing social and economic factors (e.g., housing instability, food insecurity, utility needs, interpersonal violence, and transportation).
- forming community partnerships to combat structural racism.
- creating a learning organization able to rapidly deploy best practices.
- forming community partnerships to address population health.
Highly competitive programs will be innovative; engage the community and involve patients throughout the process, from design and implementation to completion; and partner with community-based organizations to reduce health disparities, improve health equity, and/or combat structural racism in vulnerable populations.