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National Prevention Strategy

At our last meeting we discussed opportunities for YCC to serve as a resource for one another, and the community more generally.  One particular strategy is to have mechanisms to disseminate information.  This blog, along with our website, is a medium we have at our fingertips – literally – to do just that!

The “National Prevention Strategy” was published in June.  This report from the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council (National Prevention Council) outlines the federal governments priorities in prevention, which will drive funding for many years to come.  Thanks to Harveyfor bringing this information to the table and encouraging us to take steps to share the report.  http://www.healthcare.gov/center/councils/nphpphc/strategy/report.pdf

Many of the strongest predictors of health and well-being fall outside of the health care setting. Social, economic, and environmental factors all influence health.  People with a quality education, stable employment, safe homes and neighborhoods, and access to high quality preventive services tend to be healthier throughout their lives and live longer. When organizations, whether they are governmental, private, or nonprofit, succeed in meeting these basic needs, people are more likely to exercise, eat healthy foods, and seek preventive health services. Meeting basic needs and providing information about personal health and health care can empower people to make healthy choices, laying a foundation for lifelong wellness.

 The National Prevention Strategy aims to guide our nation in the most effective and achievable means for improving health and well-being. The Strategy prioritizes prevention by integrating recommendations and actions across multiple settings to improve health and save lives.     from the Introduction

You can learn more about the National Prevention Council and access this important report at:  http://www.healthcare.gov/center/councils/nphpphc

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Mayo Clinic Center for Social Media

I’ve not been posting lately with significant personal changes underway.  This morning I ran across this and decided it was time to connect you with this intriguing development in social media and healthcare transformations.  For five years now I have worked with the Long Term Care program here inYavapaiCounty.  Lots of changes have been emerging, particularly in the last couple of years.  What intrigues me about this particular development is how the tools we know are helping us to transform our world into a healthier place for us all are emerging as tools in the world of healthcare.

Check it out…  http://socialmedia.mayoclinic.org/ 

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I hosted our  monthly ‘Forum’ for YCC this week.  I found myself filled with excitement about the opportunities at hand.  There has been a small group of us holding the space to continue our discussions about how we might help make our communities more healthy and vibrant, for ourselves as well as our fellow citizens.  Various events have come to the table, with exciting potential that might help us build our capacity to do more.  And we have been carefully waiting for the right time to explore how we might connect the dots.  And suddenly we are connecting our internal plans for collecting and analyzing community data with opportunities to bring together partners to pursue outside resources to engage citizens in community solutions to the myriad of problems we face.  There is still time that we need to take to plan.  And now we have a focus to come together with others in our community.  The particular focus on ‘outside resources’ is to draft and submit a Letter of Intent for the ‘Five Communities Project’ just announced by the Center for the Future of Arizona.  We are ready.  If you are interested in more information about the project take a look at ‘The Arizona We Want’ website:  http://www.thearizonawewant.org/index.php

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New Horizons, ILC “Complete The Dream” benefit dinner

New Horizons Independent Living Center ’s “Complete The Dream” benefit dinner/dance will be held Saturday evening, April 9, 2011, at 6:30 pm at the historic Hotel St. Michael Crystal Ballroom. Dinner and dancing to the delightful sounds of the Mike Vax Orchestra with a few special songs by guest vocalist Terri New. $50.00 per seat.

Sponsorships and individual reservations can be made by calling Deborah at 928-772-1266 or fax 928-772-3808.

Healthy People 2020

Community initiatives to address health have a wealth of resources available through the national Healthy People initiative.  In December Healthy People 2020 was released. 

 “Healthy People is a set of goals and objectives with 10-year targets designed to guide national health promotion and disease prevention efforts to improve the health of all people in the United States.” (www.healthypeople.gov). 

 My career has included ten years in the healthcare arena, much of it in public health.  For me “Healthy People in Healthy Communities” has had great significance for work I’ve been involved with and a framework that supports much of what we are doing to make our communities healthy and vibrant places for us all to live.  I invite you to explore the new website and review the vast array of resources we can use here in Yavapai County. 

 All the best for 2011.

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In Community!

We’ve moved from the season of giving thanks to the season of gifts and resolutions.  All habits we could integrate into our lives on an ongoing basis! 

Everywhere I turn it seems that there are transformations happening that lead me toward faith in our capacity to bring humanity into alignment with the world we live in.  This has been at the core of so much of our continuing discussion each month at YCC.  There is plenty of doom and gloom around us to fill us with foreboding, but I choose not to go there.  It is a choice that reflects the values and beliefs that we continuously explore in our “Forums.”

 I continue to watch developments of my friends at “Creating the Future!”  I encourage you to take a look at Hildy’s post of November 28thhttp://hildygottlieb.com/2010/11/28/programs-that-will-create-the-future/

It seemed so aligned with what we have focused on…  Who we are and what we do is all about relationships!

 My faith and hope for the future has been even more deeply nurtured by my recent introduction to “Generation We.”  Thanks Maggie!  As a late blooming “boomer” I am happy to extend my hand in partnership for this next generation in transforming our world.  I encourage you all to look deeply:  www.gen-we.com

 A wonderful holiday season to you all!  I look forward to our continuing engagements in 2011…

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Creating the Future!

Here’s one worth checking out:  http://hildygottlieb.com/2010/10/31/monday-morning-rock-out-61/

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