Author Affiliations: Office of Healthcare Improvement, New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, New York, New York (Dr Stine); Departments of Population Health and Medicine, NYU School of Medicine (Drs Stine and Gourevitch); and Brigham and Women's Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts (Dr Chokshi).
Interest in population health and the promotion of greater collaboration between medical, public health, and social service institutions has surged in recent months.1 This approach adopts a comprehensive notion of health determinants that are spread across domains of behavioral risk, social and economic circumstances, environmental exposures, and medical care. The balance and effects of many of these determinants, eg, availability of healthy foods, parks and other safe places to play and exercise, exposure to environmental irritants, and safe housing, are specific to geographic locale.2
Stine NW, Chokshi DA, Gourevitch MN. Improving Population Health in US Cities. JAMA. 2013;309(5):449-450. doi:10.1001/jama.2012.154302