Population health is an organized effort to improve the health of a group of people in a similar geographical area or those with a similar disease or health needs. It is described as a bridge between healthcare and public health, representing elements of each area and providing opportunities to use the skills of health professionals in both. This course describes what population health is and explains the role that certified medical assistants have in population health. The content in this course is applicable certified medical assistants.
This program has been granted prior approval by the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) for 1.00 general continuing education unit(s) (approval Clinical/General). Granting approval in no way constitutes endorsement by the AAMA of the program content or the program provider.
Section 1: Introduction
About This Course
Section 2: The Certified Medical Assistant’s Role in Population Health
Changing Health Needs and Delivery Models
Public Health Nursing
CMAs and Population Health
Community as Partner
Relationships Between People and the Environment
Hypertension: A Big Problem
Addressing Hypertension Nationally
Addressing Hypertension Locally
The Care Coordinator’s Role in Population Health
The Nurse’s Role in Population Health
The Affordable Care Act and Population Health
Section 3: Conclusion
Jennifer Cooper, DNP, RN, APHN-BC, is an assistant professor of nursing at Hood College in Frederick, Md. Disclosure: Jennifer Cooper, DNP, RN, APHN-BC, CCP has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Susie Artis, MSN, RN, NE-BC
Susie Artis, MSN, RN, NE-BC, is Director of Nursing at Eating Recovery Center. Previously she was an educator at Centura Health Physician Group in Denver, Colorado where she worked closely with certified medical assistants. She practiced as a CMA for eight years before obtaining RN licensure. She is also a certified nurse executive and has a deep understanding of the educational needs and practice gaps facing medical assistants in the workplace today. Disclosure: Susie Artis, MSN, RN, NE-BC has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.Instructor: Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN
Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN, has experience across multiple healthcare settings including: rural and urban acute care hospitals, public health, ambulatory surgery, higher education, and commercial healthcare learning organizations. Her roles have included: medical/surgical, ED, and OR Staff and Charge Nurse; Director of School Health Services/School Nurse; Public Health Epidemiology and Bioterrorism Preparedness Specialist; Infection Control Practitioner; Quality Management Specialist; Organizational Development Specialist and Educator. Prior to joining Relias as an acute care SME Writer in 2017 and Curriculum Designer in 2021, she provided consultation to Swank Healthcare and was the Director of Education Services for Health.edu, a division of Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center. Rebecca earned a diploma in nursing from Methodist Hospital School of Nursing in Lubbock, Texas in 1989 and an MBA from Wayland Baptist University in 2010 with an emphasis in healthcare administration.Disclosure: Rebecca Smallwood, MBA, RN has declared that no conflict of interest, Relevant Financial Relationship or Relevant Non-Financial Relationship exists.
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