Historically, health programs have focused on individual behavior, assuming that if you teach people what will make them healthy, they will find a way to do it. Unfortunately, being healthy is about much more than our individual choices. Where you live matters! Fifty percent of our health outcomes are impacted by factors other than our behavior.
We aim to take an integrated approach, complementing existing initiatives with policy, systems and environmental changes. In order for our region to thrive, we must provide opportunities for all to live healthy—this includes neighborhoods and communities where all residents can safely walk, bike and play; purchase affordable and healthy food and access medical care close to where they live. We must also support the social and economic challenges in our region, and address the root causes of poor health including unemployment, housing, transportation and food insecurity.