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Programs as Community Ministries

By Joanne Lee on May 24th, 2017

“Time- and resource-intensive.” “Unsustainable.” “Limited to individual responsibility.” These phrases have been used to describe concerns about programmatic strategies for improving population health, particularly when public health began emphasizing policy, systems, and environmental change strategies as longer-term approaches. This shift in focus seemed necessary to pivot from a history of over-reliance on programs and promotions. […]

Preventive Health Care through Community Cohesion

By Tim Schwantes on May 11th, 2017

I recently watched “Resilience,” which talks about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and toxic stress. The combination of having a high ACE score and little-to-no protective relationships has been shown to increase the risk of a whole host of poor health outcomes like heart disease, obesity, liver disease, an increased risk of substance abuse and mental […]