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Population Health Toolbox


The Center is happy to announce the launch of the new topic toolbox: Population Health. Each toolbox contains a library of newly-created and Center staff-curated content - research findings, expert insights, strategies, tools, and other useful resources.
Population health refers to not only the overall health of a population, but also the distribution of health. Healthcare built environments and community environments can be used to support effective population health management strategies such as establishing patient registries, monitoring cost and clinical metrics, engaging in risk management outreach, communicating with patients, educating patients, and coordinating effectively between care teams and patients.

The Population Health Toolbox Contains:


An Issue Brief and Executive Summary

“Population Health: Equity by Design”, an executive summary and issue brief, outlines the definition and regulatory landscape of population health, the underlying drivers of population health, and design strategies to support health.

Five Interviews

  • “Designers Have a Critical Role in Building Healthy Communities”, an interview with David Burney, FAIA, explores strategies designers can use to improve population health, ways healthcare administrators can help improve their patients' overall quality of life, and introduces The Active Design Guidelines.
  • “How Population Health is Changing the Delivery of Healthcare”, an interview with Barbara Harvath, RN, outlines the ways population health makes it easier to identify at-risk patients and give them extra support, the built environment shift beyond healthcare facilities and what this means from a design standpoint, and technologies that will facilitate the delivery of healthcare in the home setting.
  • “Flexibility and Empathy Are Key to Effective Design for Population Health”, an interview on Population Health with Jamie Huffcut, ASID, LEED AP ID+C, describes how different healthcare organizations are defining population health, ways that healthcare organizations can help create non-clinical spaces to improve population health, and the role of a designer to improve health.
  • “Improving Patient Outcomes Takes More Than Medicine”, an interview with Joanna Frank and David Burney, FAIA, relates how a hospital in Brooklyn is looking beyond its walls to influence the health of its community and improve outcomes, how Active Design is playing a part in transforming the ways doctors are thinking about healthcare delivery, and how Active Design may help healthcare providers meet Affordable Care requirements. 
  • “Exploring the Ways Healthcare Organizations Are Responding to Population Health Challenges”, an interview with Walt Vernon, PE, LEED AP, EDAC, outlines how population health is changing the way healthcare organizations do business, why the boundaries of healthcare increasingly need to extend beyond the built environment into communities, and ways designers and architects can continue to play an integral role in the delivery of healthcare.


Five Project Briefs


Two Design Tools

Design Strategies

Drawing on the roots of public health, a new focus on population health has become a national mandate driven by financial incentives such as updated insurance models, changes in reimbursement, and long-term savings potential.

Lessons Learned

Compiled from research literature, case studies, interviews, and other materials to provide an overview on the topic of population health.

Three Blogs


Related Resources

A list of resources is made of up of articles, books, policies, organizations, and more, related to population health


Eleven Webinars

Three Video Interviews

Click here to view Population Health Toolbox resources that are free to all

Click here to view Population Health Toolbox resources available only to Affiliate+ members*

* Want to learn how to become an Affiliate+ member?  
Contact Lynn Kenney, lkenney@healthdesign.org