"Population health is a relatively new term out there and it's been a term of art as a result of Accountable Care Organizations. But the feds were making us do it a long time ago because they wanted to make sure we were delivering value for the dollars they were investing. Those skills are important in our entire approach to patients and that is what the marketplace wants today so I have to believe that is going to serve us well in the future."
Farrell says community health centers are key institutions in the communities they serve because they not only provide proactive and preventative care, they teach wellness. "We are focused on prevention," she says. "We realize that a prescription might not necessarily be the be all and end all, that very often it is lifestyles and behaviors that have the most significant impact on health."
"That is not to say we don't write a lot of prescriptions over the course of the day, but we try to do more than that. We realize that life isn't about quick fixes. Rather, being healthy takes effort over time, and so we like to partner with our staff and our patients and their families that rely on us so that we can all be a little healthier.