St.Vincent develops and supports programs in each of its communities
to improve health status and quality of life. Some of these programs
impact health directly, such as providing a community health screening,
while others affect health indirectly by improving quality of life.
Housing, education, employment and the environment are just some of the
community issues that impact the quality of life within the community
and ultimately, the health status of residents.
St.Vincent Health sponsors community programs in four key focus areas.
Access—Providing affordable and efficient health care to those without the resources needed to easily navigate the health care system
Advocacy—Speaking for and acting on behalf of the vulnerable to create policies and programs that improve daily life
Health Promotion—Providing education and health
screenings to improve lifestyle choices and promote early detection and
treatment of health concerns
Community Building—Addressing a full range of
quality of life issues in partnership with community organizations to
improve health status and lives
These programs are not sponsored by a single department or division,
but engage St.Vincent associates, clinicians, programs and health
ministries throughout the St.Vincent Health system. Associates are also
encouraged to produce meaningful improvement in the community by
partnering with other organizations.