Most of us rarely think about these roles until a crisis, such as a devastating hurricane, captures our attention. But public health officials—many of whom may hold public health degrees—work on a daily basis to keep people healthy and safe, locally and around the world, by preventing disease and injury.
Public health initiatives such as vaccinations, family planning, motor vehicle safety laws, and clean air and water policies will increase life expectancy for everybody.
Good nutrition is an important part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, your diet can help you to reach and maintain a healthy weight, reduce your risk of chronic diseases (like heart disease and cancer), and promote your overall health.
Hospital leaders should ask their management teams to assess the organization’s current approach to environmental sustainability and create an action plan for finding greater efficiencies. This Hospitals in Pursuit of Excellence guide can help leaders explore options and understand the steps needed to harness the strategic power of sustainability.
This guide details the path that executives can take to set the course for their organizations:
- Make the commitment
- Create a culture for supporting environmental sustainability
- Support and nance environmental sustainability
- Set goals and measure, report and evaluate change
- Celebrate and share successes
- Continue to assess and identify new opportunities
These universal steps outline the process of creating successful long-term sustainability within an organization, but each hospital and care system must determine the best course of action based on its own goals. An approach that works for one hospital may not be an option for another. Hospital and care system leaders can consider the questions included in this guide to help determine their organization’s most appropriate path toward sustainability.
This guide includes information on a variety of sustainability opportunities:
- Supply Chain
- Commission and retrocommissioning
Focusing on one area or even one project can lead to substantial savings. But by combining multiple projects and taking advantage of the wide range of sustainability opportunities, hospitals and care systems can gain even more benefits