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Healthcare Management

Characteristics of healthier, smarter cities, communities and regions

Smarter cities, communities and regions that are committed

to ensuring healthier individuals and

populations have much in common. Their leaders understand the financial and social burdens that aging populations and increasing chronic disease rates are placing on them, and they are taking action to contain costs and improve quality of life. They realize that healthier populations require much more than a few good hospitals and that what is needed is a holistic approach and a commitment to developing the infrastructure required to support change.

These leaders are forming coalitions of business, education, healthcare, government and community stakeholders to work together to create prosperous and sustainable communities that are truly great places to live. These coalitions are collaborating to develop innovative programs and strategies to help keep healthy people well and productive, and to ensure that those who are ill or challenged services.

can easily access integrated, high-quality

How can cities and regions get started on making healthier people and populations a cornerstone of their future success?

By focusing on the following six areas:

• Fostering government leadership, business and community collaboration • Improving environmental factors • Encouraging healthier behaviors

• Providing easy and convenient access to healthcare and social programs

• Sharing data to support holistic program and care delivery • Measuring the success and impact of new programs and services

The programs that cities are putting into place include:

• Integrating health and social program agencies so that authorized service providers can view complete citizen information from multiple locations and easily determine eligibility and coordinate care needs

• Making it easy for citizens to access social programs and health services at the most convenient place - from home to hospitals, retail and other locations • Facilitating wellness and nutrition programs in the community

• Implementing convenient transportation and park systems that contribute to healthier lifestyles • Investing in educational and research centers that focus on the healthcare and life sciences ecosystem to help develop talent, faster innovation and create jobs.

Members of the collaborative team could include:

As part of their overall prosperity and sustainability strategy, these regions are also addressing the need for affordable housing and education, clean air and water, public safety and protection, crime prevention, and emergency response capabilities for natural disasters and pandemics.



• Companies that want to promote wellness and behavioral and environmental changes to improve employee health, decrease absenteeism, reduce costs and attract and retain high-quality workers

Some cities, communities and regions have already started to act on these areas to improve the quality of life of their citizens and to attract and retain the businesses, educational and research institutions, and talent needed for growth. Fostering government leadership and community collaboration City or regional governments that commit to making healthier citizens and populations a cornerstone of their future economic development can lead a number of efforts. These efforts can include creating the optimal model for change; instituting tax, grant or funding incentives; forming collaborative teams of business and community leaders; and providing necessary governance and measurement.

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