Half of a community’s health is attributed to social, economic and physical environmental factors. Forty-six percent of the households OSF serves are low income, with 22 percent below the poverty level. These are individuals who are struggling with issues like hunger, unemployment and homelessness.
Pair that with the high cost of health care, and it’s likely the people in this population won’t seek medical care until there’s an emergency.
We are working to find new ways to engage this population through new business models, care delivery and preventive care.
Core to the Mission of OSF, we want to remove barriers to health care for disadvantaged individuals by partnering with organizations outside of the industry and working with the communities we serve to find effective solutions.
It involves working with civic leaders, local food banks, homeless shelters, housing authorities and government entities to change current behaviors and create new futures.