Population Health

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Mission: To intentionally foster an environment where optimal health is achievable for everyone.

Vision: A thriving, resilient, and socially-cohesive community.

The Population Health team works to address the needs of our most under-served communities.

These needs represent social factors or social determinants of health (SDoH) which are the conditions in which people are born, live, work, play, and age.

The distribution of SDoH shape a community’s access to state-of-the-art education, structurally sound homes, transportation, and quality, nutritious food; the availability of living wage jobs, cultural, and physical or recreational opportunities; clean air and water; a sense of safety and security; and embeddedness in dense, resourceful social networks – all of which are critical to good health.


Focus of our Work

The Population Health team focuses on achieving health equity by providing community members with equal access to opportunities and resources that contribute to better health.

Our team seeks to ensure that everyone, especially those with the greatest needs, have a fair and just opportunity for health and well-being.

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.

We're Ready for You at Spectrum Health Lakeland

While the COVID-19 pandemic has challenged us all in new ways, we want you to know we are here for you.

Lakeland Sets Aside $50 Million to Address Racial Equity and Health Inequities

The Board of Directors of Spectrum Health Lakeland approved an expanded strategy to address racial and ethnic health equity in Southwest Michigan.

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