Buckeye Hills Regional Council launches population health division

MARIETTA — Buckeye Hills Regional Council has launched its Population Health Division to serve individuals across the 8-county region. Population health management is an approach that aims to improve the health of an entire population. It consists of three components including health outcomes, patterns of health determinants, and evidence-based interventions.

“The Buckeye Hills Regional Council Population Health Division programs focus on a person’s ability to adapt to or control life’s changes and challenges,” said Buckeye Hills Regional Council Assistant Executive Director and Population Health Division Director, Rick Hindman. “Our programming focuses on empowering people to manage their individual healthcare through education because changes in health behavior begin at home.”

The Population Health Division has three subdivisions, each with a different focus: the Community-Based Health Intervention™ addresses the socio-economic issues and social determinants that impact peoples’ ability to focus on their healthcare; evidence-based self-management education that teaches workshop participants how to reduce their risk of falling and how to self-manage their chronic conditions such as diabetes, high blood pressure, COPD; and an employee assistance program to help employers better respond to the needs of their employed caregivers. Programming also teaches caregivers how to deal with issues related to their caregiving responsibilities such as stress reduction, managing emotions, and the use of community resources.

Founded in 1968, Buckeye Hills has served as a local aging resource since 1974. Buckeye Hills is the lead for the Southeast Ohio Aging & Disability Resource Network (SEO ADRN). This coordinated network of service providers helps to serve a broader population making a larger impact on the community. To learn more, visit buckeyehills.org/populationhealth or call 1-800-331-2644 option 5.