In the context of rising health care costs and growing emphasis on budgetary containment and evidence based decision-making, there is an increased interest in health promotion and prevention initiatives.
Prevention is thought in many instances to be cost-effective; investing in prevention now will avoid having to pay for more costly acute interventions. Good health and improved quality in itself may generate economic growth, with people having more opportunities in life to maximize their educational, labour, and social potentials.
We believe that a partnership approach and the available PCP resources would be best placed to tackle the complexity of community change that is required to address the challenges of rural life such as the effect of climate change, isolation, reduced tolerance of diversity and economic stress. It is agreed to focus the limited resources of the CVPCP on prevention and to work together across the three shires to build socially inclusive and resilient communities to improve health and wellbeing. To build a socially inclusive community will require effectively engaging the community, building community capacity, ensuring equity of access to supports, mobilising social capital, embracing diversity and facilitating community empowerment.
The figure below summarises our priorities and approach to progressing the CVPCP strategic plan.