Preventive behaviors are cost-effective and, in many cases, easier to achieve than life-long treatment regimens. However, when faced with a disease, residents from rural or disadvantaged communities may have a difficult time navigating and understanding the system thereby reducing their ability to effectively control chronic conditions.

Approaches to healthier living:

  • Ensure residents have appropriate access points to care.
  • Use Rx for Health or similar models to begin the conversation about prevention with patients.
  • Offer learning sessions about health information to your employees.
  • Use gardens as a learning tool for youth.
  • Provide resources to parents about local services.
  • Visit your provider’s website to stay informed.
  • Plan and develop health screening days for your neighborhood group.