Your national home for pop health networking, education and advocacy
Your national home for pop health networking, education and advocacy
PHA January 2021 Newsletter - The Voice of Population Health 

The Population Health Alliance is committed to supporting members and our constituent community throughout this extremely important time. While some serve on the front lines and others work from home, all pop health professionals are collectively working to best support the health, wellbeing, and safety of our communities. Throughout this effort, PHA remains committed to be your home for pop health networking, education, and advocacy. 

The January PHA Voice newsletter includes an important Save the Date announcement, a refreshed & renewed Vision and Mission, a welcome to two new PHA member organizations, statement of support for an important new appointee, a member benefit reminder, and the latest news and updates from our member organizations.

Get involved with PHA Today or contact Brent Ling, Executive Director by email or at 202.737.5476 for more information.

PHA extends our best wishes for healthy and safe families and teams as we combat the global pandemic.  

Save The Date!
2021 PHA Innovation Summit and Capitol Caucus
October 26th and 27th, 2021
Washington, DC

Innovation in Resource Allocation – Population Health Management Strategies to Recover Losses and Accelerate Gains

Join PHA, your national trade association dedicated to Population Health Management, this October in Washington, DC for the 2021 Innovation Summit & Capitol Caucus. This premier event will gather key leadership from across the population health professional industry along with leading health policy analysts and academic partners for two days of education and networking with peers across the country.

Attendees will hear inspiring keynote speakers and panel discussions on the most important subjects to health care coming out of the COVID-19 pandemic and also have a chance to network with a unique audience of forward thinking providers, payers, employers, solutions partners, and other leading innovators at a national or community level. Attendees will also have a chance to meet with leading policymakers on the issues important to your organization and the field of population health management.

International professionals are encouraged to attend and share their leading innovations in population health abroad.

This event will present pop health’s powerful path forward for success in improving health outcomes and driving affordability while presenting participants with capabilities and networking opportunities to strengthen and grow their business.
Register Today With Early Bird Discounts
Sponsorship of the Innovation Summit is a great way to raise visibility on your population health management innovations in 2021. 
The 2021 PHA Summit Is Sponsored By:

Refreshed & Renewed Vision and Mission Statements

2020 was certainly a dynamic year for the population health management profession. As the substantial changes to our field began to take shape, PHA leadership revisited our strategic plan. A dynamic collaboration between PHA's Strategic Planning Committee, led by Chair Anand Iyer PhD, MBA, in collaboration with the PHA Board of Directors and with substantial input from PHA Members at-large culminated in a refreshed and renewed Vision and Mission for PHA. While the path forward is constantly evaluated and adjusted for optimal success, the ultimate goal of promoting the practice, science, and skills of population health management and improving outcomes and experiences for the consumers we serve will remain our central purpose at PHA.
Pop Health has never been more important. Welcome to a new year!   

Welcome New PHA Members

3M Health Information Systems

3M Health Information Systems is a leader in designing outcomes-based payment and quality systems for federal, state and private payers serving the US and global clients. We are focused on equitable, transparent, rigorous payment and outcome methodologies that not only efficiently deploy resources, but also measurably improve safety, quality and health outcomes. We are delighted to the join the Population Health Alliance community and look forward to collaborating with its members and advancing population health science and policy.
- Sandeep Wadhwa, MD, MBA, Global Chief Medical Officer for 3M Health Information Systems
Read the announcement and welcome 3M Health Information Systems to the PHA Community of Member Organizations

UPMC Health Plan

Population health combines analytics, operations, and informatics in disciplined pursuit of putting health within equal reach of all. Population health is at the heart of everything we do at UPMC Health Plan, and I’m very excited to learn from and contribute to the initiatives being led by PHA."
- Ellen Beckjord PhD, MPH, Associate Vice President Population Health and Clinical Transformation at UPMC Health Plan.
Read the announcement and Welcome UPMC Health Plan to the PHA Community of Member Organizations 

PHA Welcomes Micky Tripathi as National Coordinator for Health IT

The Population Health Alliance Government Affairs Committee issued the above statement in support for the recent appointment of Micky Tripathi to the role of National Coordinator for Health IT. Mr Tripathi will lead the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Improvement Technology (ONC), learn more about this important work at

PHA Member Benefit Reminder:

Discounted Tuition at Jefferson College of Population Health

The Jefferson College of Population Health offers graduate programs in all key areas of population health improvement: applied health economics and outcomes research; health policy and administration; healthcare quality and safety; operational excellence; population health sciences; population health management; and public health. Learn more at the upcoming Virtual Open House on February 10th, and visit for special tuition and registration discounts offered to PHA Members. 
News and Announcements from PHA Members:
Merck Announces Second Cohort of Safer Childbirth Cities Organizations Committed to Improving Maternal Health Equity and Reducing Preventable Maternal Deaths in the US (full post)
Ceresti Health is hosting "Telehealth Caregiver Support - Innovative Benefit for MA and Duals Plans" on February 3rd (full post)
Mercy Health published "Questions and Answers about the COVID-19 Vaccine" featuring video messages from Mercy Doctors and Staff (full post)
National Association of Chronic Disease Directors 2021 President's Challenge Calls on States to Advance Racial Equity in Chronic Disease Programs (full post)
NCQA will be hosting a complimentary webinar "Future of Healthcare Quality" on February 9th (full post)
HMS shared "How Tailored Outreach Can Transform COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy into Vaccine Acceptance" in Fierce Healthcare (full post)
Foodsmart digital platform's utility for sustained weight reduction among users with obesity was published in BMC Nutrition Journal (full post)
HealthCAWS Chairman and CEO advocates for advancements in Senior Health in article published by the Better Medicare Alliance (full post)
Olio Hires Kaleb Kuhl as Vice President of Sales - addition will help drive continued growth of value-based care software solution (full post)
Leavitt Partners founder Governor Michael Leavitt spoke on Fox News recently about the efforts of states to administer the COVID-19 vaccine, suggesting states start trying to administer as many vaccines as quickly as possible (full post)
American College of Lifestyle Medicine Announces Record Number of Lifestyle Medicine Board Certifications for 2020 (full post)
HealthEC Senior Medical Director Jenifer Leaf Jaeger explores how COVID-19 has magnified the impact of SDOH on the U.S. healthcare system (full post)
AsQ published a recap of a company leadership discussion to close "AsQMoveOn", a series on ACO's, PHC, health value, interoperability, inpatient management, care coordination and health navigation (full post)
YMCA of the USA published an open letter to President Biden and Vice President Harris (full post)
Aerial announced the next iteration of their popular Aerial Connect! Webinar Series that will focus on Advancing Utilization Management Performance, registration is open to PHM professionals for February 25th at 2:30pm Eastern (full post)
Jefferson College of Population Health health communication experts explore the use of storytelling to creatively and effectively communicate about health issues like COVID-19 (full post)
HealthCheck360 is celebrating Heart Health Awareness Month by hosting a free webinar on February 3rd (full post)
Geisinger research identifies genetic risk factor for stroke (full post)
Saint Luke's Health System leaders discuss Children's Mental Health Through the Pandemic in an important edition of their "Health News You Can Use" series, offering suggestions for parents (full post)
3M Health Information Systems published "Three Questions with Sandeep Wadhwa, MD" on the Inside Angle Blog (full post)
Franciscan Health opens 25 bed surgical unit expansion in Munster, IN (full post)
Blue Cross Blue Shield Association Statement on Suspension of Contributions to Lawmakers Voting Against Accepting Electoral College Results (full post)
CareOregon published "Top 10 New Year Resolutions for Helping Others" (full post)
Bravo Wellness published a new resource "How to Protect At-Risk and On-Site Employees During the Pandemic" (full post)
Tufts Health Plan and Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Officially Come Together - Combination creates a preeminent, nonprofit regional health services organization, focused on improving affordability, increasing access to high-quality care, and enhancing the member experience (full post)
American Heart Association's Voices for Healthy Kids reflects on 2020 policy successes (full post)
Santa Barbara Actuaries leaders authored "Comparing Model Error Between a Standard Risk Adjustment Model and a Disease-Specific Risk Adjustment Model" evaluating various model accuracies as a critical element of successful value-based care (full post)
McGrigor Group's most recent news digest looks back at 2020, highlighting great leaps forward in health tech and digital healthcare (full post)
Commission for Case Manager Certification published guidance for using vision, empathy and and engagement in the time of COVID (full post)
UPMC Health Plan Center for High-Value Health Care Receives $3.76M PCORI Award to Improve Digital and In-Person Access to Behavioral Health Care for Moms on Medicaid (full post)
University Hospitals Hosts Oral Cancer Screening at Housing Shelter (full post)
Welldoc Case Study Shows Real-World Diabetes Results with Welldoc's Digital Coaching - Engaging Members Through Digital Health Platform Impacts Self-Care, ER Visits, and Healthcare Costs (full post)
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