Population health is not easy to define. It is at a complex intersection between an increasingly diverse population, an evolving health care system, traditional public health and elaborate social policies. As part of its Strategic Plan, the College has revved up efforts to engage partners and pursue global cardiovascular-related objectives, support members to improve the health of populations, and encourage cardiovascular team-facilitated patient education. In order to help guide the College as it pursues these population health opportunities, the ACC recently formed a Population Health Policy and Health Promotion Committee. In July, the Committee hosted ACC members and external stakeholders at Heart House for a population health retreat, which aimed to define population health and health promotion for the ACC, discuss whether the College is prepared to engage in primary prevention, and prioritize partners and targeted activities related to population health and health promotion in the College. The meeting convened a diverse array of experts from government agencies, universities, medical specialty societies and private sector partners to discuss primary prevention, health equity and social determinants of health, the changing health care landscape, and the role of primary care professionals in advancing cardiovascular health. The lineup of speakers – which included experts from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the White House and more – shared how their organizations are making strides in reducing cardiovascular disease. The Committee is currently hard at work building a population health agenda for the College that encompasses a holistic view of health promotion. “If we are to successfully contribute to alleviating the cardiovascular disease burden, we must work with our partners to address critical risk factors and design and support policies that generate the greatest health benefit by improving cardiovascular health outcomes,” says Gerard R. Martin, MD, FACC, chair of the ACC Population Health Policy and Health Promotion Committee. “We have only just begun to dip our toes in the population health waters, and there is tremendous enthusiasm by members and partners and numerous opportunities on the horizon for the College.”
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