13 minutes | Feb 6, 2020

Improving Population Health, One Meal at a Time

Improving the health of the communities they serve has long been a goal of hospitals and health systems. But successfully executing population health initiatives is a challenging and time-consuming task that requires coordination and dialogue with patients, community leaders, and other stakeholders. Shoeb Sitafalwalla, MD, medical director and founder of the South Asian Cardiovascular Center at Advocate-Aurora Health, recently joined the New Ideas podcast. Dr. Sitafalwalla explored his efforts to rally local restaurants and faith-based organizations to battle high rates of cardiac disease in the South Asian community—and how his vision for the center was inspired by a thirtysomething patient with unexpected chest pains. The episode also explores: • How health systems can make the business case for population health • A novel partnership with restaurants and grocery stores to reduce sodium consumption • How the center developed a name-based registry of potential patients
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