Health industry thought leaders address how to improve the health of communities in new book


    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 forward.

    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./p>

    “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 and the Convurgent Publishing website. eBook versions will be available by August 31st.

    Julie Heflin
    Julie oversees digital content for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She began her UofL career on the Health Sciences Center campus in 2007. Prior to this, Julie was a journalist with WFPL (Louisville Public Media), and occasionally filed reports for National Public Radio.