Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health


Health Science and Human Ecology

First Reader/Committee Chair

Salome Kapella Mshigeni


The integration of Population Health Management (PHM) within the U.S. health care system may effectively decrease heart disease and health disparities among African American adults. Population Health Management strategies look at whether the health care system is meeting the needs of health care access, medical coverage, quality of care, and to reducing health disparities within specific population. Population Health Management strategies could be used to mitigate and reduce health disparities.

The purpose of this study is to discuss the potential impacts of Population Health Management within our health care system and how its influence can reduce heart diseases among African American adults.

A narrative review was conducted integrating qualitative and quantitative research examining Population Health Management strategies and its relation to heart disease incidents, among African Americans adults.

The initial search identified 24 studies that met the criteria, 4 studies were duplicated and used for reference purpose only, 8 studies were included in the qualitative analysis, and 12 studies were included in the quantitative analysis. A total of 70,811 subjects were identified with males representing 55.68% and females 44.31%. Results indicated that PHM may reduce heart disease incidence and health disparities among African American adults. Additionally, PHM may influence Social Determinants of Health and reduce Health Disparities by improving health care access and delivering quality of care among African American adults

From a public health perspective, the inclusion of PHM strategies may improve the health of African American adults and others minority groups