|In order to fulfill our mission to improve the health and well-being of the diverse populations and communities we serve, our programs extend beyond the boundaries of basic primary care. To us community health means reaching out to people who, for various reasons, have not been drawn into the traditional health care system, such as seniors and men. It means focusing on the prevention of illness and disease through innovative programs that promote good nutrition and other healthy lifestyles. It means developing partnerships with other community|
institutions, because by pooling our resources, we can more effectively accomplish the formidable task of expanding access to health care in a time of rising costs and great uncertainty about the status of our nation's health care system. We augment our primary care with social services, health promotion and disease prevention programs that enhance the value of our clinical work. From its inception, NNHSC has maintained a public health perspective that seeks not to only treat illnesses, but identify the root causes of major health problems and develop community-based prevention-oriented programs to address them.
We define health broadly to incorporate issues of environment, lifestyle, and behavioral factors that affect the physical well-being of our communities. These interrelated preventative and curative elements are fundamental to the comprehensive character of NNHSC's approach to health care delivery. This means that providing nutrition education to pregant women, parenting support to first time moms, and social support for at-risk teens are essential components of the clinical work of delivering babies and immunizing children.