Community/Public Health Workgroup:
Organized efforts of society to protect, promote, and restore people's
health. It is the combination of science, skills, and beliefs that
is directed to the maintenance and improvement of the health of
all the people through collective or social actions. The programs,
services and institutions involved emphasize the prevention of disease
and the health needs of the population as a whole. Public health
activities change with variations in technology and social values
but the goals remain the same: to reduce the amount of disease,
premature death, and disease-produced discomfort and disability
in the population. Public health is thus a social institution, a
discipline, and a practice International Institute for Medical Education.
This workgroup will address various issues affecting small and rural
communities across Texas.
A term sometimes used as a synonym for "comprehensive health
care delivery system." However, the term "Health care
delivery" applies to providing any of the wide array of healthcare
services as well as to the totality.
Slee's Health Care Terms
Information Technology Workgroup:
Information technology is a term that for our purposes is broadly
applied to the use of computer, electronics, and telecommunications
equipment for processing and distributing information in digital
form. This distribution ranges from worldwide networking of industries
to individualized services, including cable TV and e-mail.
For purposes of the Shared Vision Project, financing includes identification
of payment sources, covered individuals, and scope of benefits for
This workgroup will address health workforce issues to ensure that
health care services and facilities are available to all Texans
and that the current and future supply of health care professionals
is adequate to meet the health care needs of the population served.
A group of people who have common characteristics. Communities can
be defined by location, race, ethnicity, age, occupation, interest
in particular problems or outcomes, or other common bonds.
A process through which parties (individuals) who see different
aspects of a problem can explore constructively their differences
and search for solutions that go far beyond their own limited vision
of what is possible.
A process that enables independent individuals and organizations
to combine their human and material resources so they can accomplish
objectives they are unable to bring about alone.
Kanter 1994, Lasker et.al. 1997; Mayo 1997; Wandersman, Goodman
and Butterfoss 1997; Zuckerman, Kaluzny and Ricketts 1995
Micropolitan Statistical Area:
A Micropolitan Statistical Area must have at least one urban cluster
of at least 10,000 but less than 50,000 population.
Rural Health Network:
An organization with at least one CAH and at least one full service
acute care hospital in which the participants have worked out agreements
on such items as patient referral and transfer, use of communication
system and transportation of emergency and non-emergency patients.
Integrated structure of health care organizations managed by a single
entity designed to improve the health status of the individuals
and populations it serves.
A definite course or method of action selected from among alternatives
and in light of given conditions to guide and determine present
and future decisions. A high-level overall plan embracing the general
goals and acceptable procedures especially of a governmental body.