Overall Values

  • Our overall vision is an empowered nation in which all residents enjoy optimal health status and care as a right.
  • In a democratic society, everyone has value and is entitled to the same access to health care and to opportunities to attain optimal health.
  • Health empowerment rests on the premise that every citizen must be engaged and included by way of processes that reach them where they are – from the "grass-roots" to the "tree-tops."
  • Appropriate education and outreach strategies, public policies, workforce development and training efforts, and finance and sustainability initiatives must be made available as essential tools -- along with health information technology -- in order to achieve improved health quality. These tools must benefit all.

Guiding Principles: Education and Outreach Panel

All education and outreach activities, including planning, implementation, and evaluation-related, shall meet the following criteria:

  • Proactively engage diverse consumers (race/ethnicity, income, gender, etc.) and the providers who serve them;
  • Involve in all phases of activity the persons/communities to be informed and reached;
  • Assure cultural/linguistic relevance and appropriateness, reflecting knowledge of community values, history, statistics, trends, etc.;
  • Be geared to appropriate literacy and health literacy levels, using a variety of techniques and tools;
  • Adopt holistic approaches;
  • Aim for measurable individual and systems-related changes, not just the dissemination of information; and
  • Reflect a commitment to reciprocity and mutual respect so that education and outreach benefits those furnishing information and those receiving it.

Guiding Principles: Public Policy Panel

Suggested principles include:

  • Policy formulation must be guided by a commitment to equity – "doing no harm" -- and assuring maximum benefits and a level playing field for all, not just the "majority."
  • Engaged stakeholders can build political will that makes enlightened policy-making possible.
  • Effective policy-making must reflect awareness that "one size does not fit all."
  • Policy formulation must be organic and adaptable to changing needs, circumstances, trends, and the availability of technical and financial resources.
  • The "acid test" of effective policies is the manner in which they are implemented or enforced through administrative regulations and rule-making.

Guiding Principles: Workforce Development and Training Panel

Key principles may encompass:

  • Effective training requires respect for the learner and understanding of her/his actual/potential barriers to learning.
  • Selection, training, and performance evaluation should promote communication, collaboration, and the elimination of "silos."
  • The HIT workforce must reflect the diversity of the nation’s population.
  • Underserved communities represent a resource to tap with respect to HIT worker recruitment and training.
  • Workforce development and training should promote cross-fertilization and avoid over-specialization.
  • Workforce pipeline development should be accompanied by opportunities for upward mobility within and across organizations.
  • Workforce development and training should be data-driven.

Guiding Principles: Finance and Sustainability Panel

  • It is in the nation’s interest to ensure the availability of private and public resources on a sustained basis to maximize HIT adoption in underserved communities.
  • There is a "business case" to be made for investing in HIT for underserved communities and the private sector must play a significant role in making that case.
  • Underserved communities will need substantial, long-term financial and technical assistance in order to maximize "returns on investment."
  • Funding decisions should foster collaboration, partnerships, and resource-sharing and should promote the inclusion in HIT planning, implementation, and evaluation of organizations that are representative and reflective of communities to be engaged.
  • HIT-related financial resources should promote entrepreneurship and community economic development to the greatest extent possible.