Health Promotion and Disease Prevention

Mission

Encourage Georgians in the West Central Health District to improve the quality of their lives by achieving healthy lifestyles, creating healthful environments, and preventing chronic disease, disability, and premature death.

Vision

Improve the quality of life for all Georgians in the West Central Health District through better health.

Program Description

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Programs implement population based programs and services aimed at reducing disease risks, promoting healthy youth development, targeting unhealthy behaviors, providing access to early detection and treatment services, and improving management of chronic diseases.

Targeted risk behaviors include smoking, physical inactivity, unhealthy eating, lack of preventive healthcare, sexual violence, and reducing risky behaviors in youth.

There are five key action areas for the work of health promotion:

  1. Build healthy public policy;
  2. Create environments that support and promote health;
  3. Strengthen community action for health;
  4. Develop personal skills; and
  5. Re-orient health services toward prevention and health promotion.

Program activities are developed and implemented using evidence-based best practices.

Health promotion strategies used to address the five key action areas include: health communication; health education; self help/mutual aid; organizational change; community development and mobilization; advocacy; and policy development. It is the combination of multiple strategies applied across through action areas that makes health promotion effective.

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