There are a lot of people working to improve the lives of our children, families and communities. Most of those efforts are aimed at immediate needs. Things that are necessary, and make us feel good about contributing to positive things in the lives of others. This work is important, but it falls short of providing lasting solutions. Treatment approaches are necessary, but not sufficient for solving problems. I often use headaches as an example. People use aspirin, NSAID pain relievers, and other things to relieve the pain. However, headaches are not caused by the absence of aspirin, or NSAIDs, or anything else done to relieve the pain.

Finding the root cause of the headache may be possible, and will make the need for pain relievers unnecessary. What if we could do the same thing with communities?

This presentation summarizes pieces of the puzzle related to building healthier communities, focusing on primary prevention, and generally creating environments that result in people being happier, healthier, and more successful. Click on the following link to view the entire presentation…