Sports & Fitness/Wellness
Applying Population Health Frameworks in Pediatric Physical Therapist Practice to Promote Child and Family Wellness
Saturday, November 10
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Location: Ballroom H/I - Convention Center
The United States leads the world in medical advances, but this comes at a price. In 2016, healthcare expenditures exceeded 3 trillion dollars and far surpassed our peers, yet we fell below the average in terms of key health indicators (e.g., childhood obesity). Moreover, rates of chronic, non-communicable diseases (e.g., diabetes) are on the rise, and have supplanted acute, infectious diseases as the leading causes of mortality and morbidity. Non-communicable diseases take root in childhood, and are nourished over time by our social and physical environments. When we take a closer look at the distribution of various child health outcomes, there exist significant associations with socioeconomic and environmental disadvantage. The time has come for a fundamental shift in the way we think about health and healthcare. Moving forward we need to consider applying population health frameworks, with the goal of reducing health disparities and optimizing child health. The purpose of this session is to provide an overview of current population health frameworks, and consider strategies therapists can apply in practice on Monday.
- Summarize key elements of population health frameworks and the Life Course Health Development framework
- Justify the use of population health frameworks in pediatric physical therapist practice.
- Identify two population-based strategies/tools that can be applied in pediatric physical therapist practice to promote the health and wellness of children and their families.