Frequently Asked Questions
We often think of health in individual and personal terms: my health, my mother’s health, my child’s health. Population health involves looking at the health outcomes and the social determinants of health that affect large groups of people. Public health, on the other hand, is what we do as a society to assure the conditions in which people can be healthy.
When we blend individual health, population health and public health data, we can begin to understand community health and operate from a place of prevention to improve health outcomes.
The Community Data Trust supports not only the health of individual, but also leverages population health data to inform community health. By analyzing large quantities of de-identified data, the trust can help pinpoint emerging or existing health challenges within a region or ZIP code, and plan interventions to affect outcomes.