What can communities do?
Communities can take an active role in reducing the impact
of lung disease and its risk factors. The OHC encourages communities to adopt
evidence-based strategies. Below are some ideas for communities to consider
when addressing lung disease.
Improve access to appropriate care. Building a
community that supports individuals to access the right care at the right time
is critical. Efforts can focus on reducing barriers to care, improving referrals between community organizations, enhancing the healthcare workforce,
and advocating for change that positively increases access to appropriate care.
Reduce tobacco use. Communities can take
multiple actions to decrease the impact of tobacco use. Developing,
implementing, and connecting people to smoking cessation programs can provide
timely support for individuals seeking to quit. Implementing public policies,
such as clean indoor air and raising the legal age to purchase tobacco, can
limit access and exposure to tobacco products.
Focus on vulnerable populations. Some groups
within a community may be more susceptible to lung disease or its
effects. Communities should examine potentially vulnerable populations
such as children, the poor, and particular racial groups. If disparities
exist, community partners should determine appropriate approaches.
To see what our community is doing about this health priority and what progress has been made, view our Community Health Improvement Plan: