Population health is often discussed in the context of large, adult-focused healthcare systems, yet children make up nearly a quarter of the U.S. population—and children represent one of the most vulnerable and important population segments. Children’s hospitals, guided by their boards, can play a critical role in managing the health of the youth community. Among many benefits, this can establish preventive care habits and patterns early and thus improve individuals’ overall quality of life and reduce lifetime cost of care. This article describes several approaches that have yielded positive results in managing children’s health.
This article was originally published by The Governance Institute, September, 2018