Recently a team I work with at Memorial tried to diagram and illustrate the WAY we make decisions about community health and strategies to improve it.
We look at studies. We ask questions. We do polls. Surveys.
We read patient data. We read County, State and Federal health reports. We convene community conversations.
We rely on partners to tell us what they see and know.
Then we plan.
Poignantly most of what we learn is told to us, very clearly, by what donors and contributor “tell” us with their gifts. And the stories they tell us when they make them. Stories of the service that were NOT there when they most needed them. Stories of the ways they wished it could have been. And so they give.
Their gifts, and their stories, tell us most of what we need to know.