Definitions

What’s your definition of health? What is a population health approach? Social determinants of health?

On these pages you’ll find some definitions that the Population Health Working Group is using. That doesn’t make them definitive, however. There are many definitions of Population Health approaches, and many different lists of factors that determine health status. And we often struggle with how concepts like health literacy, patient-centred care and family-centred care intersect, at the provider-patient level, with a population health approach.

On these pages, you’ll find some of our working definitions, and links to original sources.