Population Health Guide



Population Health - where science meets community

The Population Health Guide is a collection of information, tools, and resources to promote population health initiatives in Washington State. It is managed by the Washington State Department of Health.

The resources on this website can help you:

  • Learn more about population health
  • Create a plan to improve a health issue in your community
  • Turn your plan into action

The Guide is organized by six key elements of an evidence informed approach to improving population health, as well as by specific health topics. Resources, tools, and strategies are included for the elements and the health topics. 

The following menu will guide you through developing a plan for any health related issue, even if it's not one of the health topics listed. 

Population health approach

Health topics

Diabetes and opioids are two health topics many communities struggle to address. The information provided below may help your community take a population health approach to addressing these issues, but they also serve as examples of approaches your community can use for other topics.

See the population health approach for:


To explore issues related to community-driven power-building efforts to improve population health, the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine hosted a virtual public workshop, "Community Power in Population Health Improvement", on January 28 and 29, 2021. Participants discussed the different components and dimensions of community-led action around different population health improvement topics such as education, transportation, environmental health, healthy eating, and active living, among others. This Proceedings of a Workshop summarizes the presentations and discussion of the workshop.