Prevention is Powerful
This week, we’re wrapping up our month-long series on our values here at AscentHealth Consulting. In previous weeks, we’ve discussed our first value: Research is the basis for all good decision making and strategy (See post). And our second value: Every community is unique and has opportunities to become a much healthier place [See post].
Now it’s time to dive a little deeper into our third value: Prevention is the most powerful concept for improving community health.
We’ve seen it time and time again — preventing health problems is much less expensive than trying to play catch up later on. Matt Richardson, Ph.D., AscentHealth president, has spent most of his career establishing and implementing prevention programs in various cities, and I’ve spent much of the last decade working to prevent smoking in children, teens and adults. From my experience in tobacco prevention, I’ve learned it’s always easier to prevent bad habits than get people to quit them.
Our goal for every community health needs assessment we complete is to empower organizations, hospitals and communities to find the best means of preventing dangerous health habits so they can grow healthier, more sustainable communities for decades to come.
We hope this series about our values has helped you get to know our company a little better. If you’ve decided we might be a good partner for your Community Health Needs Assessment, please contact us and we’ll be happy to help you with a plan that’s right for your organization.