Population Health Team
A regional health care organization that serves Baltimore City and Baltimore and Carroll counties, LifeBridge Health’s efforts in the field of community outreach have been numerous and far-reaching. The Population Health Team, led by Dr. Susan Mani, has worked to transform how care is delivered throughout the LifeBridge system.
Those efforts include programs that help new mothers avoid depression and bond with their infants and support for individuals with diabetes.
They include programs to help the elderly maintain a safe environment that will allow them to age in place, such as working with private housing groups to make sure the seniors can receive health education and services in their homes.
Among other initiatives, LifeBridge also has worked with community groups to create education and food preparation programs to highlight the value of healthy eating and created farmers’ markets at its hospitals to provide healthy food.
“Our entire Population Health team of providers, nurses, social workers, community health workers, educators, and support staff have always sought to understand the needs and concerns of the communities we serve and figure out ways to address them,” said Mani, LifeBridge’s chief population health officer.
Her team has adapted to the new challenge of the COVID-19 pandemic in several ways, she said, such as making sure food and prescriptions are delivered directly to the homes of those who need them.
Observers said LifeBridge’s outreach efforts have made a difference throughout the region and beyond.