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:
- View community characteristics
- View clinical service areas
- View disease and poor quality hot spots
- 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?
Developed by the ABFM, the PRIME Registry is a population health and performance improvement tool for clinicians and practices that extracts data from EHRs. PHATE draws from data with PRIME and consists of two tools: My Community and Community HotSpots. To use some of the functions within My Community, users do NOT need to enroll in the PRIME Registry. When accessing Community HotSpots, those users NOT enrolled in the PRIME Registry will only be able to view demo data. Users do NOT need to enrolled in the PRIME Registry in order to request a PHATE login. To request a PHATE log in, please email PRIME@theabfm.org.
For more information about this curriculum, please contact Jennifer Rankin.
This project was funded by the American Board of Family Medicine.
- Background 1 - Introduction to Population Health(11 MB PPTX): This module introduces population health terms, concepts, and resources. Contains 70 slides.
- Background 2 - Geographic and Data Concepts Important for Population Health(863 KB PPTX): This module describes key geospatial terms and concepts that will be referenced in the case studies. Contains 29 slides.
- Beginner 3 - Introduction to Population Health Assessment Engine(13 MB PPTX): This module provides an over of what can be done using PHATE. Contains 26 slides.
- Beginner 4 - How to Use My Community(19 MB PPTX): This module describes how to use the My Community tool within PHATE. A synthetic data set(19 KB XLSX) is available so that users can practice uploading addresses to PHATE. Contains 61 slides.
- Beginner 5 - How to Use Community HotSpots(9 MB PPTX): This module describes how to use the Community HotSpots tool within PHATE. Contains 31 slides.
- Advanced 6 - Getting the Most Out of My Community(7 MB PPTX): This module describes how users can use the My Community tool within PHATE to learn about their communities. Contains 44 slides.
- Advanced 7 - Getting the Most Out of Community HotSpots(4 MB PPTX): This module describes how users can use the Community HotSpots tool within PHATE to learn about their communities. Contains 43 slides.
The Robert Graham Center developed this annotated bibliography(15 page PDF) describing the existing literature on teaching population health.
Performance Improvement Activity
- Population Health Performance Improvement Activity(14 page PDF): This performance improvement activity (PIA) walks through an activity that uses the PRIME Registry and PHATE to identify individuals with poor disease control or gaps in quality. 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. Note: To complete this activity, users need to be enrolled in the PRIME Registry. See also:
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.
This document(1 page PDF) lists some of the online geospatial resources available so that you can characterize your community's needs.