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
Visit the Community Vital Signs Initiative, a community-driven effort in partnership with the County of San Bernardino to establish a health improvement framework.
It is intended to implement the Wellness Element of the Countywide Vision by setting evidence-based goals and priorities for actions that encompass policy, education, environment, and systems change to ensure quality of life; improve and sustain education and workforce; and attract economic development.
Click here to read the Community Vital Signs Initiative 2013 Final Report.