Case in Point: A Problem-Solving Experience in Population Health

Case in Point: A Problem-Solving Experience in Population Health is intended to respond to the critical need for multidisciplinary training materials for population health. The case-based experience is designed to strengthen skills in the areas of communication, leadership, and problem-solving within the context of a real-world population health scenario.

The intent of the experience is to initiate new ways of collaboratively working and thinking for a group or team on a population health problem. The Case in Point experience was piloted using a case study about the Flint Water Crisis, however, Case in Point is designed to be adaptable to any population health case or problem. 

Case in Point is intended for in-person delivery as it requires extensive teamwork and includes opportunities to debrief across teams. The Implementation Guide includes recommended formats for delivery and instructions for modifications to meet the needs of different academic programs.

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 The purpose of Case in Point is to create an experience for professional learners to explore new ways of thinking and working on interdisciplinary teams in the emerging population health context. The exercise strengthens communication, leadership, and problem-solving skills that are broadly applicable across population health practice settings and disciplines, and are included in multiple public health competency frameworks.

Learning Objectives

 Within the context of a real-world population health scenario, the case-based experience provides opportunities for learners to:

Case in Point is broken into four separate ‘rounds’ or sections; each round has objectives of its own which are included in the instructions for each round.

Learning Objectives by Round:

Round 1 - Participants will:

Round 2 - Participants will:

Round 3 - Participants will:

Round 4 - Participants will:

Intended Audiences

 Case in Point is designed for groups of individuals at different levels of experience and expertise. The case-based experience was designed for incoming fellows at the CDC with the additional intent of providing a relevant and flexible professional development tool for teams working in local and state health departments. The strength of the experience is the interprofessional approach and the focus on collaboration, which has broad applicability to public health and health professions students as well.  

It is recommended that you assemble individuals from varying disciplines into Case in Point teams, with as equal a representation as possible from the disciplines available. However, you can also implement Case in Point for existing teams.


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This publication was supported by Cooperative Agreement Number, 6 NU36OE000008-02-02, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Academic Partnerships to Improve Health (APIH) initiative through the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.  Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Health and Human Services, or the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research.

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