Priority Areas - Other Community Health Needs

 

 

Other Community Health Needs

 

In an attempt to be responsive to community identified needs, and recognizing there are opportunities to improve the health status of people in Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe Counties that are not included in our Priority Areas, Health Foundation is able to support projects that advance our mission, yet fit outside of the three Priority Areas. Examples of other community health needs include those that address workforce development, end of life care, health system data analysis, injury prevention, oral health and preventative health measures.

 

Preventive Health Measures encompass a variety of interventions that can be undertaken to prevent or delay the occurrence of disease or reduce further transmission or exposure to disease. Within the realm of preventive health measures the Foundation has specific areas of interest: breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening; tobacco use; and substance abuse. Below are more detailed focal points for each area of interest.

 

We recognize the importance of clinical preventive services in reducing the consequences of breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer through early detection and treatment.
 
Goal
Our goal is to reduce late-stage breast, cervical and colorectal cancer diagnoses in the region.
Increase the number of individuals screened for breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer
Increase provider compliance with screening guidelines
Build organizational capacity to provider and facilitate screenings
 
Strategies and Focal Points
Specific strategies and focal points are as follows:
Building provider capacity and expanding screening services, with a focus on:

Increasing the screening capacity of the federal and state supported breast and cervical cancer screening program
 
Promoting the adoption, implementation, and sustainability of research tested intervention programs and practices to increase adherence to screening guidelines, with a focus on:

Supporting the adoption of best practices aimed at reducing barriers to compliance with screening (e.g., provider and patient reminder systems)

Supporting transitions to more effective advanced screening tools (e.g., fecal immunoassay test (FIT), digital mammography equipment)
 

Tobacco Use

 

Tobacco use is the single most preventable cause of disease, disability, and death in the United States.  
 
Goal
Our goal is to reduce tobacco initiation and use by adolescents and young adults and decrease exposure to secondhand tobacco smoke. We will partner with nonprofit and community-based organizations to:
Reduce tobacco use by adolescents and young adults
Reduce the initiation of tobacco use among children, adolescents and young adults
Create social, policy, and environmental changes to reduce or prohibit tobacco use
 
Strategies and Focal Points
Specific strategies and focal points are as follows:
Reducing exposure to environmental tobacco smoke, with a focus on:

Increasing the number of multi-unit housing developments (>20 or more units) that have adopted smoke-free policies (full or partial)
 
Supporting educational campuses in adopting and implementing smoke-free policies

Support Point of Sales Strategies that help decrease tobacco sales.
 

Substance Abuse Prevention

 

Substance abuse and problematic patterns of substance use among youth can lead to problems at school, cause or aggravate physical and mental health issues, promote poor peer relationships, cause motor vehicle accidents, and place stress on a family.

 

Goal
Our goal is to reduce substance use and abuse by expanding access to early intervention. We will partner with nonprofit and community-based organizations to:
Reinforce the positive behaviors of non-users or low-risk users

Identify youth who are engaging in high-risk behaviors and provide a cost-effective brief intervention
Identify youth with severe substance abuse problems and refer them to treatment
 
Strategies and Focal Points
Specific strategies and focal points are as follows:
Supporting implementation of evidence-based programs, strategies and best practices aimed at reducing substance use/abuse in clinical or community settings, with a focus on:

Increasing the number of sites implementing the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) model primarily among youth and young adults
 
Advocating for public policy, with a focus on:
Advocating for use of reimbursement codes and reduce systematic barriers
 
We welcome grant proposals for projects that align with a strategy within the Preventive Health Measures Area of interest. Though projects that address a focal point may take precedence over those that do not we will take into consideration other community health needs as identified by our community. 

 

 

 


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