The term population health refers to the health outcomes of a group of individuals, however that group might be defined. More and more, healthcare providers such as the Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Care and Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center are beginning to focus on the health of the those living in surrounding communities, extending as far as the influence of the healthcare provider.
But medical care is only one of a number of factors that influences the health outcomes of local populations. Other factors include income, employment, education, culture, social supports, and even the layout of houses and buildings in the community, and the quality of air and water.
While many of these factors lay well outside our control, the Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Care at Saint Francis is able to contribute to the health of our community through direct one-on-one care of community members, and through our ongoing programs of education.
As healthcare continues to evolve, our mission will develop toward our local population, as well as our means, methods, and techniques for providing healthcare and education to the community. Ideally, measurable increases will be seen in the health of our population here in Central Connecticut, as well as in populations surrounding our access centers and office buildings throughout Connecticut.