Health care is changing at the national, regional and local levels. Mayo Clinic Health System is working to shape those changes, and we want — and need — your help to do it.
Part of the change is a greater emphasis on keeping people well, rather than just treating them when they’re sick. In the months and years ahead, we’ll be turning to you for ideas on ways we can help you get and stay healthy.
As we continue working with the community, we’ll be asking for ideas on how to improve care. Consider flu shots. In the old model, we’d offer flu shots at a clinic on a specific day and time. In the new model, we’ll ask you to tell us what would make getting the shots more convenient.
This kind of partnership can yield impressive results. A few years ago, our providers in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, worked with the local YMCA to find a new way to address childhood obesity. Instead of just weighing kids at their doctor appointments and telling them they needed to lose weight, that group created a camp to help kids learn about healthful eating and exercise in a fun environment. More than 120 kids have participated in Camp Wabi, most losing between 5 and 8 pounds during their two weeks at camp. And the program does much more than help campers shed weight: Campers’ depression inventories taken before and after camp show significant improvement as well.
Health care doesn’t just happen in a doctor’s office. It happens in the community where you live, work and play. We look forward to working together to bring better health care to you.