Population Health Lean

Humans have three core cognitive-behavioral processes: deciding, acting, and learning. Adaptation comes from adjusting our decisions and actions based on what we learn. Improvements are adaptations that make things better. These processes—mediated by emotions—are fundamental to all human activities, and form the basis for innovation and continuous improvement.

To become a learning organization, we must ensure:

  1. decision quality (decisions, supported by data science)
  2. strategic execution (actions: project and portfolio management)
  3. performance improvement (learning: improved processes lead to improved results)
  4. positive and safe environments (emotions: emotional, physical, and cultural safety)

Population health is “a systems framework for studying and improving the health of populations through collective action and learning.” Lean practice is “systematically developing people to solve problems and consuming the fewest possible resources while continuously improving processes to provide value to community members and prosperity to society.” Population health lean (PHL) is a transdisciplinary management system for continuous learning, adaptation, innovation, and improvement based on lean thinking and practice, the PHL leadership philosophy, and complementary frameworks.

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Aragón TJ, Garcia BA. We will be the best at getting better! An introduction to population health lean. eScholarship.org; 2017. Available from http://bit.ly/phleandoc2 (Dropbox)