The field of population health aims to improve the health of the entire population, including outcomes of groups of individuals with chronic conditions, while lowering health care costs overall. And for the first time, Rutgers University has appointed a vice chancellor to lead the area of study.
On Nov. 17, the school announced Ethan Halm will join in January 2022 to oversee initiatives that will examine and offer solutions to prevent disease and to manage populations with chronic illnesses.
At Rutgers, Halm will lead the Rutgers-RWJBarnabas Health Consortium of Population Health. As deputy chief population health officer for the system, his duties will include building those efforts across Rutgers Health, RWJBarnabas and University Hospital in Newark.
A professor of Internal Medicine and Population and Data Sciences, Halm has been with the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center for 13 years as chief for the Division of General Internal Medicine and director of the Program in Outcomes and Health Services Research.
“Dr. Halm’s role will ensure Rutgers and its clinical partners will better understand the health challenges facing our state and then position the health care system to deliver higher quality, evidence-based treatments to improve healthcare outcomes on a population level,” said Brian Strom, the chancellor of Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences and executive vice president for Rutgers Health Affairs.
According to Rutgers, Halm focuses his research on improving cancer screening and chronic disease management; clinical prediction model using electronic health records data; the impact of patient, provider, system and community factors on the quality and outcomes of care; and interventions that create care based in evidence, focused on patients and that is equitable and cost-conscious.
“I am very excited to join the Rutgers and RWJBarnabas Health leadership teams to help advance the population health agenda across all aspects of our clinical care, research, education and community engagement activities,” said Halm. “By doing so, we can improve health and reduce disparities in the populations and communities we serve and be a state and national leader in this emerging field.”