Population Health Forum


The Population Health Forum is comprised of various partners from different sectors of the health industry including representatives from public health at the state and local level, medical societies and associations, payers, and federal agencies.

Population Health Forum Planning Committee Membership

The Population Health Forum is guided by a Planning Committee, co-chaired by a primary care leader and a public health leader to model the desired partnership between primary care and public health. Planning Committee members include participants of the 2012 Institute of Medicine meeting, Primary Care and Public Health: Exploring Integration to Improve Population Health, as well as ASTHO affiliates and members:

  • Julie Wood, American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Karen Kmetik, American Medical Association
  • Nathaniel Smith, Arkansas Department of Health 
  • Philip Alberti, Association of American Medical Colleges
  • Mary Ann Cooney, ASTHO
  • Jose Montero, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Jeffrey Engel, Council for State and Territorial Epidemiologists 
  • Randy Wykoff, East Tennessee State University
  • Virginia Pressler, Hawaii State Department of Health 
  • Suma Nair, Health Resources and Services Administration 
  • William Kassler, IBM Watson Health
  • David O'Gurek, Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University
  • Howard Haft, Maryland Department of Health 
  • Sanne Magnan, former Minnesota state health official
  • Oscar Alleyne, National Association of County and City Health Officials
  • Ted Wymyslo, Ohio Association of Community Health Centers
  • J. Lloyd Michener, The Practical Playbook
  • Jennifer Fan, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Stephen Pont, Texas State Department of Health Services
  • John Auerbach, Trust for America's Health
  • David Sundwall, University of Utah School of Medicine
  • Mark Levine, Vermont Department of Health
  • Marissa Levine, University of South Florida
  • Alina Baciu, National Academy of Sciences

Partner Highlight Stories

Our partners' stories, websites, and initiatives from 2013-2015 have been compiled into a summary document, which can serve as a resource guide.

View the most current Forum newsletters for the most up-to-date information.


Veteran's Health Administration Expands Access in Rural and Underserved Areas (June 2015)
The Office of Academic Affiliations (OAA) in the Veterans Health Administration (VA) oversees the statutory education mission of VA which includes the issuance of national policy and the practical implementation of trainee education, affiliation relationships, stipend distribution and transformational educational projects. Specifically, the expansion places a high priority on increasing primary care, mental health, and other specialties. VA patients tend to be poor, homeless, and often with substance abuse, so there is a huge amount of common interest between VA and community partners. With the GME expansion there is increased opportunity for providers and community partners to link with the VA's clinical and social programs to improve health in rural and underserved communities.

Health Leads Connects Providers with Community Resources (June 2015)
Health Leads envisions a healthcare system that addresses all patients' basic resource needs as a standard part of patient care. Founded in 1996, Health Leads has demonstrated that it is possible to integrate patient resource screening and navigation into care delivery. As a service provider, Health Leads partners with health systems to integrate patient social needs into care by operating Health Leads Desks in clinical settings. Providers "prescribe" basic resources (like food and heat) and well-trained student Advocates stationed in the clinics work side-by-side with patients to "fill" those prescriptions by accessing community resources and public benefits. View the slides and minutes from Health Leads presentation on the All Partners Call.

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