Health Industry Thought Leaders Address How to Improve the Health of Communities in New Book

Released: 3-Jul-2014 2:40 PM EDT
Source Newsroom: University of Louisville
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Newswise — LOUISVILLE, Ky. – A new book, spearheaded by University of Louisville faculty, is being called a “platform for the future” in interpreting the impact of poverty and other population-focused health care issues. The book addresses population health in the context of systems, and how leadership, policy and technological innovation affect the quality of health and wellness of a nation.

In the book, Population Health – Management, Policy and Technology, First Edition, 27 authors including four executive editors from academic, government and private sectors provide models, illustrations and theories to stimulate critical thinking around evolving complexities in population health management.

“We are at a major juncture in our nation’s history with regards to health care management,” said senior executive editor Robert Esterhay, MD, chair, Department for Health Management and Systems Sciences, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences. “In this book we link the work of Donald Berwick and the Three-Part Aim of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services with the national goals embedded in Healthy People 2020, and the core requirements of the Affordable Care Act.”

“Not only does the book serve as the Rosetta Stone in translating our current situation, but I believe Esterhay and his colleagues have given us a kind of roadmap. The roadmap will enable us to interpret the impact of poverty in our country as it remains one of the most important predictors of health and wellness,” writes David Nash, MD, MBA, dean, School of Population Health, Thomas Jefferson University, in the book’s foreward.

The content which includes 14 chapters focuses on areas of organizational networks, health impact assessments, socio-cultural models of health, Big Data and analytics, standards and terminology, health and public health policy, chronic disease, wellness promotion, aging population issues, health information exchange, health record banks, health care delivery models, and many other topics.

“Those who seek to impact population health today are compelled to put effective and integrated health-related, social, and economic policies in place as they will affect the opportunities of current and future generations to live healthier lives,” said Craig Blakely, PhD, MPH, dean, University of Louisville School of Public Health and Information Sciences.

The book can be purchased on amazon.com and the Convurgent Publishing website. eBook versions will be available by August 31st.
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About the Executive Editors
Robert J. Esterhay, MD, is the chair of the Department for Health Management and Systems Sciences in the School of Public Health and Information Sciences at the University of Louisville.

LaQuandra S. Nesbitt, MD, MPH, is a board-certified family physician who is the Director of the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness in Louisville, KY.

James H. Taylor, DMan, MBA, MHA, served as president of the University of Louisville Hospital from August 1996 through February 2013. He assumed a role as special advisor to the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at the University of Louisville and as CEO of University Medical Center in March 2013.

H.J. Bohn, Jr., is a published author, book designer and editor on contemporary healthcare issues and principal for KMI Communications, LLC.

About Convurgent Publishing
Convurgent Publishing is focused on publication of textbooks related to a wide range of health care topics. Convurgent authors and executive editors are healthcare leaders, academic health care and public health executives, and industry thought leaders with key positions in hospitals, physician practices, public health agencies, academia, and payer organizations. www.convurgent.com.

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