SHMS Faculty’s New Population Health Management Book Receives Top Reviews

Anne Hewitt, Ph.D., professor and acting chair of the Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration, announced that the recently released report Population Health Management: Strategies, Tools, Applications and Results received Doody’s Review Service 5-Stars award. Doody’s is a medical book review service designed to assist libraries and medical institutions in their purchasing decisions. One reviewer called the book “remarkable”, adding: “…I would highly recommend it to any professional or professor currently in a public health position, and absolutely to a student in the fields of public health, nursing, health administration, health education, medicine and information technology.”

Today, population health management (PMH) is understood as a complex, interprofessional solution to the unmet health needs of diverse populations. All health professions must now familiarize themselves with this new approach. It’s not always the case. As Hewitt shares, to meet the needs of her MHA students over the years, she merged different textbook chapters, researched additional up-to-date information, and designed materials to document the unprecedented transformation of the healthcare industry now known as the name of PMH. She describes it in the book’s preface: “Opportunities often come in the form of new challenges or ultimate chances to achieve a particular goal, and we need only reflect on the past three years of the pandemic. of COVID-19 to recognize the valuable role and contributions of Population Health in ensuring the health of all Americans.

Hewitt selected two expert health practitioners to serve as co-editors of the text – Julie Mascari, MHA ’04, Humana Regional Chair and MHA Adjunct Professor, and Stephen Wagner, Ph.D., FACHE, LFACMPE. A well-known book author with more than 35 years of experience as a healthcare administrator, Wagner is an MHA Director-in-Residence, Adjunct Professor, and Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives.

Wagner said, “Population health management has become an essential skill set for leaders and managers in the health sector. We can no longer view the delivery of health care solely as the care of an individual patient. Mascari also underlined the importance of the subject: “Population, Population, Population! Without identifying at-risk populations and adapting care coordination appropriately, positive health care outcomes will not occur.

The text covers health care delivery topics such as population risk segmentation, value-based payment systems, accountable care organizations, and virtual care (telehealth) options. It also includes practical skills-building tools, case studies, real-world challenges, interviews with experts, and learning experiences. More than a dozen expert university professors and practicing authors from across the country have contributed to this work.

The graduate text also features a detailed case study of New Jersey health care organizations’ initiatives, titled “A population health case study addressing health equity during a crisis: flattening the curve of Hispanics with COVID-19 in Somerset County from Somerset Medical Center,” and a contribution from Summit Health, titled “Implementing a Population Health Data Analytics Platform: A Multispecialty Group Case Study.”

The Department of Interprofessional Health Sciences and Health Administration, of which Hewitt is currently acting chair, includes the Ph.D. in Health Sciences and the Master of Health Care Administration programs as well as the newly approved Bachelor of Science in Interprofessional Health Sciences program scheduled to launch in the fall of 2022. Hewitt joined Seton University Hall in 2000 and is founding director of the Elizabeth A. Seton Institute for Population and Community Health. She completed her sabbatical as a consultant for the New Jersey Department of Health and received the Distinguished Service Award from the New Jersey American College of Healthcare Executives.

Hewitt, Mascari and Wagner will present a national webinar sponsored by Springer Publishing to introduce the book on April 21, 2022. The title is: Population health innovations after Covid-19: What’s new for our students? For more information or to participate in the webinar, please click here.

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