In support of a healthy county, we value both prevention programs and superior healthcare services. We should reduce chronic disease and socio-economic disparities through health education, promotion of healthy lifestyles and healthy city initiatives, development of outcome-based health services, and increasing the collaboration between and among providers and community-based organizations.
We should also employ a multifaceted approach to expand our capacity to provide quality healthcare services to all. We should invest in new facilities and technology and expand successful physician training programs at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and Loma Linda University Medical Center. We should support the medical schools serving the county – Loma Linda University, Western University of Health Sciences and the proposed school at University of California, Riverside – and local institutions that produce non-physician medical professionals. And, we should aggressively recruit medical professionals – collaboratively addressing obstacles such as uninsured/underinsured patients, public health insurance reimbursement rates and business models for physicians.
- Strengthen our pipeline for healthcare professionals; grow our own
- Evaluate financial models and collaboration as a way to improve access to healthcare
- Improve collaboration and partnerships to better treat the whole person
Vision in Action:
November 2013: The County of San Bernardino and community wellness stakeholders will meet in November for an all-day summit to begin to identify collaborative strategies to improve the health and well-being of the community. Presented by the Community Vital Signs Initiative and the Senior Affairs Commission, the 2013 Live Well, Age Well Summit will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on November 14 at the National Orange Show Events Center. Representatives of local nonprofit hospitals, universities, government agencies, businesses, and faith and community based organizations launched the Community Vital Signs Initiative two years ago to assess and address the health of the county in support of the Countywide Vision Project. In July and August 2013, more than 1,000 community stakeholders from a variety of sectors provided their input on wellness priorities and goals during 23 community engagement meetings. At the November summit, stakeholders will discuss models and strategies for achieving those health goals. Register here. http://communityvitalsigns.org/
August 2013: Community Vital Signs completed its Summer of Engagement, holding more than 23 regional and community-based meetings in July and August. More than 1,000 stakeholders participated from all sectors of the community, including local businesses, education, planning and transportation, health/human services, public safety, elected officials, and community and faith-based organizations. “We brought together wonderful people and organizations working to improve health in our communities to discuss and develop effective strategies to meet our shared goals,” said Janice Rutherford, chair of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. Community Vital Signs is a community partnership with county government to assess and address the health of the county in support of the Countywide Vision Project. Read more here.