Population Health in Rural Communities

April 2014
Author: 
National Rural Health Association (NRHA)

Population health encompasses a cultural shift from a focus on providing care when individuals are sick to a more comprehensive view that includes enhancing and improving the health of communities across a spectrum of ages and conditions and a focus on addressing the social determinants of health. This policy brief outlines the concept of population health in rural communities with a focus on providing better care, improving health and lowering costs.