Population Health: An Employer's Perspective

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Z. Colette Edwards, MD MBA is the National Medical Director, Associate Health and Well-Being at Humana and a member of the leadership team of the Associate and Health Being division. She provides clinical and operational leadership to optimize the health and well-being of Humana’s 45,000 associates. Dr. Edwards plays a key role in the development and delivery of a holistic strategy. She serves as an internal consultant delivering data-driven, actionable insights which inform recommendations regarding benefits, care management, and well-being action plans. Colette designs and implements a portfolio of innovative, associate-centric programming focused on outcomes and the associate experience. She is also the lead for the Physician Well-Being SubCommittee of the Clinical Collaborative. Humana has been a Platinum Award winner in the NBGH's "Best Employers for Healthy Lifestyles" recognition program from 2014 through 2018, has ranked in the top 10 on the list of “Healthiest 100 Workplaces in America” in 2017 and 2018, and achieved Gold status in the AHA's Workplace Health Achievement Index.

Colette has a BA from Harvard University, an MD from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, and an MBA from the Wharton School. She completed internal medicine residency at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and GI fellowship at UCSF. She also completed a graduate certificate program in health and well-being coaching from the Maryland University of Integrative Health and was a participant in the NIH Scholar Program in Health Disparities.

Lastly, Dr. Edwards is the author of the book Be Less Stressed and the McGraw-Hill text, Gastroenterology at a Glance, a contributor to a chapter on GI topics in Urgent Care Medicine, the Managing Editor of and also a contributor to the Wharton Healthcare Quarterly (Caregiver Stress in Healthcare), and a contributor to a Journal of Insurance Medicine article, “The Economic Benefits of the Early Diagnosis of Celiac Disease.”


Learning Objectives

  1. Explain how an employer defines a population.
  2. Discuss what role an employer plays in population health.
  3. List examples of population health programming employers have implemented.

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