Population Health

As the COVID-19 pandemic ravages our communities, it has become clear that those most able to avoid illness and death are blessed with social conditions that protect their health.

For example:

  • Housing spacious enough to allow families to live comfortably for long periods of time while staying in place.
  • “Non-essential” jobs that afford minimal risk for contracting COVID-19.
  • Enough income to purchase cleaning supplies, masks and gloves.
  • Internet access sufficient to enable our children to continue their education.
  • And the list goes on.

The mission of Population Health at Spectrum Health Lakeland is to intentionally foster an environment where optimal health is achievable for everyone; and our vision is a thriving, resilient and socially cohesive community.

As we emerge from this pandemic, the Population Health team is committed to supporting the communities served by Lakeland that have been hit hardest by COVID-19 not only rebound, but come back stronger. Our team will work hard to improve the social conditions of these communities by focusing on their access to quality food, housing, education, jobs, transportation, and healthcare. We look forward to partnering with you in this work.



COVID-19 in Our Community:

The Local Impact


Watch the Facebook Live replay of a panel discussion with four key community experts about COVID-19, including the local impact this pandemic has had here, in Berrien County – with a particular focus on Benton Harbor, Benton Heights, and Benton Township.




Coping During COVID-19:

Resources that Support Resiliency and Mental Well-being


Tasha Turner, Licensed Professional Counselor and Program Director of Trauma Informed Initiatives at Lakeland, developed the following resources to help you and your loved ones maintain and support your resiliency and mental health and wellness during this unprecedented time:

Print: View, print or share the "Coping During COVID-19" flyer with information on common reactions to COVID-19 and ways to cope and seek help during the current pandemic. Access or download the flyer by clicking here.

Watch: In the following videos, Turner shares common emotional reactions to COVID-19 along with simple and practical steps you can take to maintain your resiliency through self-care and social support.

  • A 30-minute webinar presented by Turner. Access the replay of this webinar by clicking here. View or download the presentation slides by clicking here.
  • Facebook Live "Community Conversation" with Betty Fisher, Transformation Coach and Founder of The Internal Work of Love (a weekly broadcast featuring local professionals and speakers who share empowering messages that promote transformation).

Continue Watching

Community Food Network: A Leg Up on Life

After assistance from a Lakeland nurse, Nancey received intervention for a life-threatening condition in the nick of time.

Weathering and Health Inequity: Letting the Epigenome Out of the Bottle Without Losing Sight of the Structural Origins of Population Health

Dr. Geronimus discussed weathering and the ways that structurally rooted biological and psychosocial processes shape health inequities in our society.

Interview with Bechara Choucair, MD: Advancing Health? It's About the Mind, Body, and Community

Dr. Choucair shares how his organization is working to improve conditions for health and equity

Interview with David Williams, MPH, PhD: Structural Competency and Institutional Discrimination

Dr. David Williams discusses institutional discrimination, individual discrimination, and structural competency.

Interview with David Williams, MPH, PhD: Recognizing and Preventing Implicit Bias

Dr. David Williams discusses his research on ways to recognize and prevent implicit bias.

Interview with David Williams, MPH, PhD: Discrimination and Health Disparities

Dr. David Williams discusses his research on health inequities caused by racial discrimination.

Interview with David Williams, MPH, PhD: Social Influences on Health

Dr. David Williams discusses his research on the distinctive social exposures linked to racial status.

Interview with Patricia Rush, MD, MBA

Dr. Patricia Rush discusses the impact of psychological trauma on the brain and on chronic disease and health inequities.

Ready for You - Dr. Loren Hamel - Lakeland

If you have a health need right now, then it deserves our attention right now. Whether you want to see us virtually or in person, don’t delay your care. We are ready for you.

We Stay Home For You

Thank you to all those serving on the front lines. You are the true heroes. Together, we are strong. Together, we will see this this through.

© Spectrum Health Lakeland 2020