Healthy People Wood County has four guiding principles
for the work that we do.
Team coordinators convene partners and create partnerships using the following as guidelines, the work must; enhance health equity, include policy, systems, and environmental levels of change (PSE), engage the community, and create sustainable partnerships for lasting change.
We work in the “gray area”, our work is never straight-forward, often shape-shifting and changing directions, but we continuously work within our guidelines to enhance the overall health of Wood County residents.
“Health equity means that everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthier. This requires removing obstacles to health such as poverty, discrimination, and their consequences, including powerlessness and lack of access to good jobs with fair pay, quality education and housing, safe environments, and health care.” - Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
Policy, Systems, Environmental Change (PSE).
Many health programs focus on individual behavior change. Unfortunately your own choices make up only 20% of what makes you healthy. For example - we don’t tell people “you should eat 1 cup of lettuce a day” - instead we work with community partners to make sure that local fruits and veggies are available and affordable through farmers markets, grocery stores, and school lunch lines! - an example of systems and environmental changes.
We firmly believe residents have the strongest voice when it comes to decision making. We work alongside and with the community - not for. As often as possible we conduct surveying, focus groups, 1:1 conversations, and outreach at target organizations to make sure a diverse resident voice is captured and has a hand in this work!
If we do our jobs right, we won’t be doing this work forever. We create partnerships and help enhance the work that is currently being done or more often fill in the gaps. We find innovative solutions that are upstream and bold. If the team is successful- the work envelopes into existing entities and we can address the next health priority for Wood County residents.