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Why We do what we do

Many of our greatest health issues are preventable

 

An estimated $98 billion is spent in CA each year to treat common chronic diseases.  Four of these — cancer, heart disease and stroke, diabetes, and lung diseases such as asthma — are are the leading causes of death and disability in the United States and are largely caused by three behaviors (poor diet, physical inactivity, and tobacco use) that we can change. That's where our work comes in. 

What Matters for health

A variety of factors affect how well and how long we live.  We take a life course approach when exploring the health needs of SLO County residents. A life course approach considers one’s experiences throughout the lifespan and takes into account factors such as housing, income, access to healthy food, and other neighborhood characteristics that play a critical role in a person's opportunity to be healthy. 

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Downstream
Upstream
Social Inequities
Institutional Inequities
living conditions
RISK BEHAVIORS
disease & injuries
MORTALITY

Class

Race and Ethnicity

Immigration Status

Gender

Sexual Orientation

Corporations and Businesses

Government Agencies

Schools

Laws & Regulations

Non-profits

Physical Environment

Land Use

Transportation

Housing

Residential Segregation

Exposure to Toxins

Economic & Work Environment

Employment

Income

Retail Businesses

Occupational Hazards 

Social Environment

Experience of class, racism, gender, immigration

Culture, Ads, Media

Violence

 

Service Environment

Health Care

Education

Social Services 

Smoking

Poor Nutrition

Low Physical Activity

Violence

Alcohol & Other Drugs

Sexual Behavior

Individual health Education

Communicable Disease

Chronic Disease

Injury (Unintentional and Intentional)

Infant Mortality

Life Expectancy

health CARE
Policy
CASE MANAGEMENT
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