• Population Health Assessment Engine (PHATE) Curriculum


    The Robert Graham Center and HealthLandscape have collaborated to develop this curriculum aimed to introduce health care professionals to the Population Health Assessment Engine (PHATE). 

    What is the Population Health Assessment Engine (PHATE)?

    PHATE is a mapping tool commissioned by the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) that allows users to:

    1. View community characteristics
    2. View clinical service areas
    3. View disease and poor quality hot spots
    4. Connect with community organizations

    What is the goal of this curriculum?

    The goal of the PHATE curriculum is to help learners understand how to integrate community data, clinical data, and community resources in order to address social determinants of health and improve the health of patients and populations.

    Do I need to be enrolled in the PRIME Registry to use PHATE?

    PHATE does not require enrollment in PRIME Registry for many of the functions in the My Community tool. The PHATE Community HotSpots tool requires data from PRIME Registry to display clusters of disease within the patient population. If not enrolled in PRIME Registry, the user will only see demo data in the Community Hotspots view.

    Developed by the ABFM, the PRIME Registry is an outpatient quality data registry and Qualified Clinical Data Registry (QCDR) that includes population health and performance improvement tools for clinicians and practices. PRIME Registry extracts data from EHRs and provides a user-friendly dashboard for tracking quality measure performance, identifying patient care gaps, and automating quality reports based on that data.

    Enroll in PRIME Registry

    Register for the free version of PHATE
    Just select “PHATE Free Tool”



    This project was funded by the American Board of Family Medicine.

    PHATE Curriculum


    Additional Resources

    The Robert Graham Center developed this annotated bibliography describing the existing literature on teaching population health.

    Performance Improvement Activity

    Population Health Performance Improvement Activity: This ABFM Performance Improvement activity (PIA) instructs users on utilizing PHATE to identify social factors which may be driving gaps in patients’ health. In this activity, the user will determine whether these individuals have social needs, connect those who do with community organizations, and create new referral pathways for future patients. This PI activity can be used for certification credit.

    Access the activity via your ABFM Physician Portfolio

    Guide: How to use the PHATE PI Activity for certification credit

    Note: Enrollment in PRIME Registry is not necessary for the activity, but PRIME Registry enrollment does provide the ability to see clusters of disease within the physician’s patient population.

    PHATE Webinars

    How Do You Use Phate?

    We want to hear from you! Help us make PHATE and this curriculum better. We also want to hear how you have used or are planning to use PHATE.

    Form 1: What would make PHATE more useful to practices?

    Form 2: How have you used/are planning to use PHATE in your practice? 

    Online Resources

    This document lists some of the online geospatial resources available so that you can characterize your community's needs.