Working through hospitals, clinics and other health facilities, we can reduce preventable illness and death and improve overall individual and family health at the community level. This clinic-to-community model links treatment services to disease prevention and health education. We are developing and providing proven systems of care for newborn, maternal and child health, mental health,diabetes and hypertension. And the cornerstone of much of our work in each community focuses on empowering, informing and educating community health workers and leaders – building a stronger health care system so they can become the critical link connecting their community to good health and beyond.
Building community health begins with meeting people in the community “where they are”. Our work involves careful and purposeful listening to members of the community who are active in a community network that includes those most affected by a health challenge, then identifying resources and developing plans that reflect the unique needs and aspirations of that community. Health programs rise out of the unique circumstances of the individual community and revolve around support for a local health center. Americares invests in local health centers: When local health centers thrive, so do people in their communities—with better health, more opportunities and increasingly productive lives.