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What Obstetrician–Gynecologists Should Know About Population Health

Jamieson, Denise J. MD, MPH; Haddad, Lisa B. MD, MPH

doi: 10.1097/AOG.0000000000002638
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Although there is much discussion about population health in academic medical centers, managed care organizations, and a variety of disciplines, it is not always clear what this term means. Population health describes the health outcomes of a group of individuals including health disparities, social determinants of health, and policies and interventions that link health outcomes with and patterns of health determinants. We describe some of the successes and challenges to addressing reproductive health issues in Georgia from a population health perspective, focusing on efforts to reduce teenage pregnancy and improve maternal health.

Population health, which refers to the health outcomes of a group of individuals, can be used as a framework to address issues such as reducing teenage pregnancy and improving maternal health.

Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia.

Corresponding author: Denise J. Jamieson, MD, MPH, Department of Gynecology and Obstetrics, Emory University School of Medicine, 69 Jesse Hill Jr Drive, Atlanta, GA 30303; email:

Dr. Haddad is supported by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (1K23HD078153-01A1).

Financial Disclosure The authors did not report any potential conflicts of interest.

The authors thank Drs. Michael Lindsay, Eva Lathrop, and Melissa Kottke for their thoughtful feedback in the development of the manuscript.

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