HHC is committed to state-of-the-art treatment to people who are ill. But, we realize that preventing disease, illness, and injury is the most important thing we can do to keep our communities healthy. HHC has a strong focus on primary care and prevention and an emphasis on community education and accessible health screenings to diagnose disease early, when treatment is more effective.
According to the U.S Department of Health and Human Services, the majority of the healthcare costs in the United States can be attributed to chronic illnesses and conditions such as diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, and asthma. It is estimated that the direct and indirect costs from chronic diseases run in the trillions of dollars. Most importantly, and beyond financial concerns, is the reality that quality of life and longevity for many can be improved greatly with proper disease prevention measures and early detection.
We know that chronic diseases are preventable, or can be controlled, if people stop smoking, follow a healthy diet, exercise, maintain a healthy weight and have appropriate and timely health screenings that facilitate early medical intervention. You will see here some of the prevention and screening data we use to track the progress we are making toward improving the health of our communities.