- Three-quarters (75.5 percent) of respondents who participated in the survey agreed or strongly agreed their hospital should focus on addressing the health of populations beyond patients.
- “Improve health of the community” and “reduce readmissions” were identified by respondents as the strongest incentives for addressing population health.
- “Available funding” was identified by respondents as the main challenge associated with addressing social and economic factors in the community such as housing and transportation.
- A higher proportion of respondents implemented population health efforts in the areas of “access to health care” and “access to physical activity,” while a lower proportion of respondents implemented efforts in the areas of “housing” and “environmental quality in the community.”
- More hospitals tended to engage in activities focused on providing referrals to community services, and fewer respondents implemented activities that involved advocating for policies.
- To advance population health, respondents indicated that hospitals will need assistance identifying funding sources for covering this work and training on evidence-based strategies.