Working in Communities where Wonders are Life Affirming

Working in Communities where Wonders are Life Affirming

Carilion’s mission, since our founding more than 100 years ago, has been to improve the health of the communities we serve. How we interpret and carry out the mission has changed through the years—in some ways dramatically.

Rather than view health solely through the lens of disease, today we’re emphasizing prevention and wellness, addressing factors long before people wind up in an emergency room or one of our hospitals.

In 2018, we did that in myriad ways, including with health education and outreach programs that incorporated everything from mental well-being and smoking cessation to an urban farm. And we’ve joined with community partners to make an even bigger difference.

Our efforts were guided by the results of our Community Health Assessments, a continuous process to identify the factors that impact health
in communities across our system. Among our region’s most pressing health concerns:

  • Substance use
  • Access to mental health services
  • Transportation
  • Low income/poverty
  • Health literacy/behaviors