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Population Health Services

Improving the health of each Veteran understanding the health of all Veterans

Population health is the practice of determining the health and health needs of a population by measuring and reporting factors that may influence an individual's health.

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These factors may include:

  • Social
  • Economic
  • Personal behaviors
  • Environmental
  • Health care
  • Biological

Within the Veterans Health Administration's Office of Patient Care Services, Population Health Services performs the mission of reporting on the health and health needs of America's Veterans.

To accomplish this mission the group measures, monitors and identifies trends that impact the health of all Veterans.

In this way, patterns can be found that help the group to turn numbers into knowledge - knowledge that can guide Veterans, their health care providers, and the Veterans Health Administration toward more informed and effective health care for each Veteran.

Population Health products will be shared across the VA with a wide range of customers, providing data and information that can be used locally and nationally.

Contact Population Health Services:

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Population Health Highlights

Study may temper expectations for new hepatitis C drug

Data from a new observational study by VA's Population Health group may temper expectations for the treatment of Hepatitis C based on the drug sofosbuvir. Read more 

Baby Boomer Veterans more at risk for Hepatitis C

Veterans from the baby boomer generation (born between 1945-1965) are at a higher risk of being infected with the Hepatitis C (HCV) virus than any other Veteran group, according to a VA report. Read more.