Shifting from Treating Symptoms to Finding Solutions

Read this inspiring story about what happened when a hospital made a decision to do more to address the underlying root causes of high health care costs. It began with a decision to treat its local neighborhood like a patient. 


 The Takeaways for Community Builders

1. You don't have to have the answers to get started.....just call the meeting.

2. Many factors have an influence on health. In addition to our individual genetics and lifestyle choices, where we are born, grow, live, work and age also have an important influence on our health.We all need to do more to understand and help give everyone the same opportunities to be healthy, no matter who they are or where they live. 

3. The holistic, system-thinking that is required for solutions to complex challenges means the health sector can't do it alone. Citizen-engagement, innovation, and collaboration and partnerships with other sectors will be essential.