Four times yearly, sessions were devoted to issues related to the practice of population methods. In addition, faculty were encouraged to use defined populations (such as health maintenance organization enrollees) as the basis for their own improvement efforts.
Project staff published articles in Academic Medicine and the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Staff also made presentations at national conferences.
The Health of the Public project originally intended to consolidate a group of clinics into a University Community Health Center that would serve a geographically defined community, but health care reforms, including managed care for low-income Medicaid recipients, prompted it to maintain the separate clinics and shift the project's focus from a geographical community to populations served by particular managed care plans.