What is Focus on Prevention?
Focus on Prevention is a county-wide initiative that aims to improve the quality of life for all Stanislaus County residents and families through coordinated prevention efforts that work across multiple sectors to promote health and wellbeing.
Focus on Prevention extends beyond a simple initiative and leads to a shared community vision and lays the foundation for ongoing transformation and culture change that inspire deeper connections and tangible improvements in the lives of Stanislaus County residents. To see positive community outcomes in Stanislaus County, all ten sectors are coming together to align intentions and objectives around shared goals. This alignment comes from authentic relationships, mutual trust, continuous communication, a willingness to be accountable to measurable outcomes, and a commitment to on-going learning about what works and does not work for the community.
Support and align local leaders in long-term movements across sectors and systems so that all residents will experience well-being.
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Our 5 Result Areas
Unlike a business, where everyone understands that success is measured by profit and shareholder value, one of the first tasks of this movement is to clarify what success means and how it will be measured. This is one of the principal responsibilities of the Stewardship Council. The Stewardship Council—the volunteer leadership group that includes representatives from various sectors—initially articulated five priority results with associated indicators to guide coordinated efforts through Focus on Prevention.
They also wanted to help disparate efforts across the county become more effective, breaking out of silos and old habits and focusing more intentionally on results that matter. And, they wanted to galvanize action for the long haul, recognizing that the intended results will not be achieved in a few months or even in a year or two. The intended results require sustained engagement by ever-growing numbers of people across the county.
The Stewardship Council is comprised of sector leaders committed to the mission and vision of Focus on Prevention. Their role is to partner with key stakeholders and agencies working to advance each priority result area. Stewardship Council members help align resources, provide leadership support, ensure resident engagement, and connect to the community.