Population health encompasses the health outcomes of a group of individuals, including the distribution of outcomes within the group. Population health workers assess the health status of a specific population or community and attend to health concerns that may disproportionately affect it. Valuable stakeholders include government, healthcare providers, public and private payers, and public health organizations.
Advancing public health and population health efforts will be critical to overcoming the problems that drive poor health outcomes and in turn will facilitate supporting healthy communities. Communities must learn how to identify linkages with existing mobile/telehealth/social media technologies. The drive toward smart cities and communities may be most impactful in advancing public and population health, particularly when they are able to interoperate across core health, human services and non-health sector systems, including the following six critical domains: