Provider alliance VHA Inc., will join with Jefferson School of Population Health in Philadelphia, to create, market, and present professional development programs and conferences on population health, governance and other related healthcare transformation topics.

"Shifting demographics, the tremendous burden of chronic illness, and fragmentation in the U.S. healthcare system are major factors increasing the visibility and need for population health education and solutions," the partners said in announcing the agreement. "Health systems face broad challenges when pursuing population health, and to be successful, hospitals must create a culture that is ready to embrace a changing model of care."

The first designated population health school in the U.S., the Jefferson School, established in 2008, is one of six schools and colleges that form Thomas Jefferson University.

The first collaboration under this new agreement is the Population Health Symposium, the first in a series of regional programs through the U.S., to be held Nov. 11-12 in Philadelphia.

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