Healthy populationsThe health of a population is influenced by a wide range of factors, most of which lie outside the healthcare system. This includes social, economic and environmental factors, as well as individuals’ behaviours.

Tackling the major health challenges facing populations across the globe – including the rise of chronic diseases and widening inequities in health requires co-ordinated action between different parts of society. Yet approaches to improving population health are typically fragmented and imbalanced towards healthcare services.

This report sets out a framework for developing new strategies to improve population health that join up healthcare systems with other services and sectors. It focuses both on what the strategy should cover and how to make it happen in practice.

Report focus

The report sets out a framework for developing new strategies to improve population health that join up healthcare systems with other services and sectors. it focuses on what the strategy should cover and how to make it happen in practice.

Report insights

The report makes five recommendations for policymakers:

  • Understand the problem and set clear goals for improvement

Use a range of data and involve the public to understand the health of the population and different groups’ needs. Long-term goals for improvement should be established and measured. Data on impact should be collected in real time to support improvement.

  • Focus on all determinants of health, not just healthcare

Evidence from a variety of sources should be used to select interventions that will have impact. in some cases, this will mean reallocating resources from healthcare towards other areas.

  • Generate shared accountability for improving population health

Accountability for population health should be shared from national governments to communities and individuals. A combination of technical and relational approaches can be used, such as new financing models and developing shared leadership.

  • Empower people and communities and develop their capabilities

Many tools for improving population health lie in the hands of people and communities. These community assets should be identified, promoted and developed. Policies and interventions should be designed around things that matter to local people.

  • Embed health equity as a core part of a population health strategy

Take action to improve health equity at national and local levels, using targeted approaches. Health equity should be routinely measured and monitored, and seen as a key indicator of how healthy a population is.

READ FULL REPORT: Healthy Populations

Forum Chair: Sue Siegel, CEO, GE Ventures

Sue Siegel

Sue Siegel is CEO of GE Ventures, GE’s growth and innovation business comprised of GE Ventures, GE Licensing, and New Business Creation (NBC). GE Ventures invests in and partners with the entrepreneurial ecosystem across Healthcare, Energy, Software, Advanced Manufacturing, and Lighting and starts and grows companies via its New Business Creation unit. GE Licensing creates shareholder value through GE’s IP. She also leads Healthymagination, GE’s innovation catalyst for addressing healthcare’s major global challenges via partnerships to improve the quality, access, and affordability of healthcare.

Sue has 30+ years of combined experiences in the corporate world and in venture capital. Previously, as a Silicon Valley-based financial VC, Sue led investments in personalized medicine, digital health, and life sciences at MDV. Before venture capital, she drove strategy and technology development as well as new market creation & development at Bio-Rad, DuPont, Amersham, and Affymetrix (NASDAQ: AFFX). As President and Board Member of Affymetrix, Sue led the company’s transformation from a pre-revenue start up to a global, multi-billion dollar market cap genomics leader.

Sue has served on dozens of private and public corporate boards, along with non-profit boards. She currently serves on the Boards of: the National Venture Capital Association, Stanford Hospital Board’s IT Council, University of California’s Innovation Council, Harvard Partners’ Innovation Advisory Board, the Cleveland Clinic’s Innovation Council, USC’s Schaeffer Center for Health Policy, and serves on the Executive Committee of Santa Clara University’s Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship. Most recently she served on President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative as a member of the Working Group to set guidelines for its establishment. She is a President’s Circle member of the National Academies of Science, a member of YPO-WPO, Women Corporate Directors, and a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute. Sue serves on the President’s Precision Medicine Council and served as a Board member for the NIH’s National Center for Advancing Translation Sciences. In the bestselling business book: Multipliers: How The Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter, Sue was a featured “Multiplier”. She was recognized as one of “The 100 Most Influential Women in Silicon Valley”.

Sue lives in Silicon Valley with her husband and her two sons. When not working, you might find her hiking the scenic trails of Northern California.