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Community Health and Prevention

Members of many vulnerable populations Dignity Health serves – including low-income, minority, youth, and senior communities – are disproportionately affected by chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardio-vascular diseases, and asthma.  We know this from our clinicians, utilization data, and the Community Health Needs Assessments conducted by our hospitals.

The causes for elevated rates of chronic disease morbidity and mortality are many, and include health knowledge and behaviors, access to care, social and economic factors, and deficits in the physical environment (e.g., housing quality, environmental hazards).  The burden in personal and family suffering, unnecessary health care costs, and lost vitality, productivity, and quality of life is significant. As our providers see every day, early prevention is preferable to late treatment.

As a key part of our mission-centered community health strategy, Dignity Health is bolstering its community-based health initiatives by:

  1. Identifying new, evidence-based prevention programs;
  2. delivering them for free or low cost in our communities; and
  3. measuring their reach and effectiveness.  

We are adding more prevention programs to complement existing disease self-management efforts, and making an impact on health beyond traditional health care. Thank you for helping us to raise a target of $75,000 in FY2016 to advance community health and prevention. 

Fund managed by: Dignity Health Foundation
Fund supervised by: Michael Bilton , Senior Director of Community Health and Benefit

Make an impact!

Donations can be cash, credit, or through payroll deduction* if you are a Dignity Health employee.  For more information or questions, please email Christina Vanoverbeke or call 602.294.4183.

*Payroll deduction is for Dignity Health employees only.