COLLABORATING TO BUILD HEALTHIER COMMUNITIES

MISSION

Improving health and wellness by building resilient communities through collaboration, research, and education

VISION

To serve as an innovative leader in a collaborative approach to improving the health of rural populations

VALUES

We strive to build community partnerships aimed at meeting health goals.

We welcome our residents to contribute and travel with us on the journey to build healthier communities.

FUNCTIONS

Build Capacity

  • Provide people with health knowledge to empower self-directed healthy living and improved quality of life

Facilitate Collaboration & Communication

  • Build cohesive networks of community resources to improve health

Conduct Research & Manage Data

  • Support community organizations in choosing the best health programs for our region

WHAT IS POPULATION HEALTH?

Population health is a collaborative and comprehensive approach to health that addresses the many things in our lives that impact health. It focuses on ‘up-stream’ issues that tend to prevent disease and enhance wellness. In population health, data is used to identify community needs, implement new strategies to address them, and measure the results in the community. Population Health strategies aim to impact behaviors, the environment, economics, education, nutrition, and anything that influences a person’s health. 

Specific Goals

Eliminate barriers to being healthy by connecting people to resources when needed
Teach people how small behavioral changes can lead to big health changes
Use data analysis, or “big data,” to design social and community interventions
Recommend results-oriented solutions to complex public health issues
Lead recommended policy changes that support healthy living

Healthcare vs. Population Health