Population health is more than the health of a population—it is a systems framework for studying and improving the distribution and determinants of health and quality of life states through collective action and learning.

Data science is the art and science of transforming data into actionable knowledge. Knowledge integration is the management, synthesis, and translation of knowledge into decision support systems to guide, influence, and improve decision making, policy, practice and—ultimately—population health.

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Population health

Population health is more than the health of a population—it is a systems framework for studying and improving the distribution and determinants of health and quality of life states through collective action and learning.

Data science

Data science is the art and science of transforming data into actionable knowledge. Knowledge integration is the management, synthesis, and translation of knowledge into decision support systems to guide, influence, and improve decision making, policy, practice, and—ultimately—population health.

Tomás J Aragón, MD, DrPH

I am the Health Officer of the City & County of San Francisco, Director of the Population Health Division at the Department of Public Health, and adjunct faculty at the UC Berkeley School of Public Health.

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What are the competencies of effective public health leaders? I have had the opportunity to participate in several health leadership fellowships (UCSF/California HealthCare Foundation, NACCHO, and Kresge Foundation). All of them have been great! I have learned a tremendous amount. Leadership training curricula start by identifying desired competencies (knowledge, skills, and abilities) for the participants.…

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What is trust? In a previous blog I reviewed trust from the excellent book “The Speed of Trust” by Stephen MR Covey. I believe trust is central to healthy relationships and achieving our collective goals. My own understanding of how to build and restore trust continues to evolve. First, I start with a definition. Trust is…

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Good decision making is having a reliable process to choose the right combination of actions to achieve the desired combination of results. Introduction There are only three activities in life: We make decisions. We take actions. We learn. Consequently, decision-making is central to everything we do. Learning is necessary for continuous improvement. Choosing the right…

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We will never achieve health equity unless we address the childhood roots of health inequities. Here is presentation I recently gave in Sacramento, California. To learn what you can do remember the trauma-Informed public health approach (4Ps) for adults and children: Prevent (toxic stress) Protect (from toxic stress) Prepare (by building resiliency skills) Promote (healthy/enrichment opportunities)…

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Without any doubt, R is the analytic programming package to learn for statistics, epidemiology, demography, business, and data science. R is exploding with innovation. Here is a slide presentation I use to give a comprehensive introduction to R for epidemiologists. Other analysts may find this useful. I cover the structure of R which I have…

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Websites today are really content management systems. In the past I used Drupal, but for the past few years I have come to appreciate the simplicity of WordPress, so medepi.com became a WP site. WordPress is easy to set up and to maintain. Recently, I was growing tired of my web site and I felt…

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