Prevention encompasses a variety of interventions that prevent or delay the occurrence of disease. Preventive care helps to prevent unnecessary loss of lives, poor health and inefficient use of health care dollars. Health Foundation strives to reach high-risk populations and increase their awareness of services, decrease barriers to screening and increase the capacity and efficiency of providers to offer the full spectrum of care.
A review of community needs coupled with recommendations by the United States Preventive Services Task Force led Health Foundation to identify breast, cervical and colorectal cancer screening as major areas of focus within the Preventive Health Measures Priority Area. Although those projects are a priority, the Foundation also provides funding to promote screening for hypertension, cholesterol and other conditions.
Since 2008, 13 organizations have received more than $1.5 million in the Preventive Health Measures Priority Area.