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Guest Commentary: Population Health on the World Stage: The UN High Level Conference on Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs)

Rob Simmons, DrPH, MPH, MCHES, CPH Director, MPH Program Jefferson School of Population Health For only the second time in its 66-year history, the first being in 2001 on HIV/AIDS, the United Nations held a high level (Heads of State and Ministries of Health) meeting of the General Assembly on a population health topic. Jefferson more »



As the School of Population Health officially starts its second full academic year I want to take a moment to thank our entire team—the faculty and staff who make it possible for us to bring first-rate “in person and online content” to so many students around the nation. Right now we have more than 310 more »


Guest Commentary: RECs – Help for Ambulatory Care Physicians in Implementing EHRs

Richard Jacoby, MDClinical Associate ProfessorJefferson School of Population Health Over the past year, states across the country have developed Regional Extension Centers (RECs) to support the electronic health record (EHR) initiative passed as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Why is this important? With benefit of a little background information, more »


Guest Commentary: Revisiting Managed Care – 10 Years On

David Woods, PhD, FCPPCEO, Health Care Media InternationalAdjunct Faculty, Jefferson College of Graduate Studies More than decade ago I wrote a book for the Economist Intelligence Unit, The Future of the Managed Care Industry and its International Implications. What’s changed about managed care in 10 years? Well, certainly not public perception. In fact, in a more »


Guest Commentary: A Fellow’s Reflections on the 10th Annual Quality Colloquium

Zoe Clancy, PharmD Fellow, Health Economics & Outcomes Research Jefferson School of Population Health In the words of Paul Wallace, MD, co-chair of the Harvard Tenth Quality Colloquium, “The test if you learned something is if you can go back home and talk about it.” This past week I attended the Tenth Quality Colloquium and more »


The 10th Annual Quality Colloquium at Harvard

For four days this week the leaders in the quality and safety movement from all over the nation converged on the campus of Harvard University for the 10th Annual Quality Colloquium co sponsored by the Jefferson School of Population Health. In the first morning of the program, three key leaders, including the CEO of the more »


Guest Commentary: Collaborative Care’s Crucial Role in Population Health

Amanda Solis, MS Project Director Jefferson School of Population Health A focus on population health requires a creative and collaborative approach to care. The traditional perspective in healthcare has been fairly physician-focused. As we seek to fulfill the mandate to become more patient-centered in our outlook, it is important to leverage the important roles of more »


The work to improve medication safety

For more than twenty years, I have been a member of our hospital’s P and T Committee—an important committee whose job, among other things, is to maintain and update the formulary AND to monitor and improve the safety of medication at all times. I have chaired a subcommittee on Medication Safety for more than a more »


Guest Commentary: It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia

Alexis Skoufalos, EdDAssociate Dean for Continuing Professional EducationJefferson School of Population Health Thursday, July 21st was sunny and stiflingly hot – one of the most brutal summer days we’ve experienced in Philadelphia in many years. And yet, over 150 of JSPH’s colleagues came together on the Jefferson campus to share with us their thoughts about more »


More on Accountable Care Organizations

The Jefferson School of Population Health just finished hosting a special two day invitation only advisory board on the current status of Health Reform. We had one dozen experts from all around the nation convene on our campus for a two day discussion of the details and an update on implementation challenges. It was sobering more »

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