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Healthcare PlexusCall: Population Health: A Growing Challenge
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When: Wednesday, October 16, 2013
1-2pm ET

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Healthcare PlexusCall
Wednesday, October 16, 2013, 1:00 pm ET/10:00 am PT
Topic: Population Health: A Growing Challenge

Guests: David Nash and Jeff Cohn

MP3 File


Video info session on online Graduate Certificate in Population Health and on-site Population Health Academy

Population health is an approach to health that aims to improve the health of the whole population. This approach goes beyond the individual focus of mainstream medicine and public health to address factors like environment, social structure and resource distribution. Population health examines social determinants of health and seeks to reduce health inequities. With health reform a national priority, the need for population health management has never been more eminent.

In 2008, Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia established the first designated School of Population Health in the country, dedicated to the exploration of policies and forces that determine the health and quality of life of populations, locally, nationally and globally. The School offers graduate academic programming in public health, population health sciences, health policy, healthcare quality and safety, and applied health economics and outcomes research.

David Nash, Founding Dean of Jefferson School of Population Health, and Jeff Cohn, President of Plexus Institute, will join the call to talk about the concept of population health; the need for better ways to address behavioral factors, social circumstances and environmental exposures; and how JSPH is creating a curriculum to prepare leaders to work at the level of policies and systems to secure better health for everyone.

Please bring your own experience and your questions and join this important conversation.

David Nash, MD, MBA was named the Founding Dean of the Jefferson School of Population Health (JSPH) in 2008. This appointment caps a twenty-year tenure on the faculty of Thomas Jefferson University. He is also the Dr. Raymond C. and Doris N. Grandon Professor of Health Policy. JSPH provides innovative educational programming designed to develop healthcare leaders for the future. Its offerings include Masters Programs in Public Health, Healthcare Quality and Safety, Health Policy and Applied Health Economics. JSPH also offers a doctoral program in Population Health Science.

Dr. Nash is a board certified internist who is internationally recognized for his work in outcomes management, medical staff development and quality-of-care improvement. In 1995 he received the top recognition award from the Academy of Managed Care Pharmacy. He received the Philadelphia Business Journal Healthcare Heroes Award in October 1997, and was named an honorary distinguished fellow of the American College of Physician Executives in 1998. In 2006 he received the Elliot Stone Award for leadership in public accountability for health data from NAHDO. In 2009 Dr. Nash received the Wharton Healthcare Alumni Achievement Award. In 2012, he received both the Joseph Wharton award in recognition of his "social impact” and the Philadelphia Business Journal innovation award.

Repeatedly named to Modern Healthcare’s list of Most Powerful Persons in Healthcare, his national activities cover a wide scope. He is on the VHA Center for Applied Healthcare Studies Advisory Board and he is a member of the Board of Directors of The Care Continuum Alliance (formerly DMAA). Dr. Nash is a principal faculty member for quality of care programming for the American College of Physician Executives in Tampa, Florida, and leads the academic joint venture between ACPE and the JSPH.

Dr. Nash is a consultant to organizations in both the public and private sectors. He has chaired the Technical Advisory Group of the Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council for more than a decade and he is widely recognized as a pioneer in public reporting of outcomes. In December 2009 he was named to the Board of Directors for Humana Inc., one of the nation’s largest publicly traded healthcare companies. In March 2011 he joined the Board of Directors of Endo Health Solutions, a publicly traded pharmaceutical company headquartered in Malvern, PA. In October 2013 he joined the board of Vestagen, a privately held advanced medical textile company in Orlando, FL. He is on the Board of Main Line Health – a four hospital system in suburban Philadelphia, PA. From 1998–2008, he served on the Board of Trustees of Catholic Healthcare Partners in Cincinnati, Ohio where he chaired the Board Committee on Quality and Safety.

Through publications, public appearances, his blog and an online column on MedPage Today, Dr. Nash reaches more than 100,000 persons every month. He has authored more than 100 articles in major journals. He has edited 22 books, including Connecting with the New Healthcare Consumer,The Quality Solution, Governance for Healthcare ProvidersPopulation Health: Creating a Culture of Wellness, and most recently, Demand Better. From 1984 to 1989 he was Deputy Editor of Annals of Internal Medicine. Currently, he is Editor-in-Chief of four major national journals including American Journal of Medical Quality, Population Health Management, P&T,and American Health and Drug Benefits.

Dr. Nash received his BA in economics (Phi Beta Kappa) from Vassar College; his MD from the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and his MBA in Health Administration (with honors) from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. While at Penn, he was a former Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholar and Medical Director of a nine-physician faculty group practice in general internal medicine.

Dr. Nash lives in Lafayette Hill Pennsylvania, with his wife of more than thirty years, Esther J. Nash, MD. They have fraternal twin twenty-six-year old daughters and a twenty-two year old son. He is recovering from wrist surgery and hopes to return to the tennis court soon!

Please visit: and his blog at

Jeff Cohn, MD, MHCM, is the President of The Plexus Institute, a non-profit organization whose mission is to "foster the health of individuals, families, communities, and our natural environment by helping people use concepts emerging from the new science of complexity.” The Institute conducts research and training workshops, provides consultative services, and sponsors professional learning networks to radically alter institutions’ conventional approaches of engaging stakeholders and resolving intractable management and policy challenges.

Prior to assuming the Plexus Presidency, Dr. Cohn was the Chief Quality Officer and Patient Safety Officer for Einstein Healthcare Network in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While at Einstein, Dr. Cohn led an initiative to reduce patient infection rates and worked closely with Plexus to use liberating structures and positive deviance to transform the Network’s approach to addressing patient safety. These techniques were instrumental in the success of the project, which resulted in sustainable 75% decrease in Network infection rates and vastly improved expenses. This experience led to Dr. Cohn’s involvement on the Plexus Board of Directors, in 2011 becoming the Institute’s Chairman, and in June 2012 becoming the Institute’s President.

Dr. Cohn graduated from Jefferson Medical College and received a Masters in Healthcare Management from the Harvard School of Public Health. He currently teaches in Jefferson’s School of Population Health. He speaks frequently on how to create the conditions for the social/cultural improvement work necessary for our most complex and intractable healthcare challenges.

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