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Southwest Virginia Health Authority


Blueprint for Health Improvement and Health-Enabled Prosperity

The Southwest Virginia Health Authority (SVHA) has a mission "To improve quality of life in the region by enhancing, fostering and creating opportunities that advance health status and provide health-related economic benefits for people of all ages." Its stated vision is "To achieve continuous improvement in the health and prosperity of the region." The Blueprint for Health Improvement and Health-Enabled Prosperity (Blueprint) is a strategic plan for improving health, healthcare and prosperity in Central Appalachia (Lenowisco and Cumberland Plateau Planning Districts—PDI and II). It has a business plan structure and intent and is grounded and fueled by the heart and spirit of the people of the region. It also serves as a foundation for further strategic planning. Many thoughtful, caring people worked together to create the Blueprint, which was adopted by SVHA in May 2009 followed with the first Progress Report in 2011. Input came from key leaders and citizens throughout Southwest Virginia and the broader region. Sectors represented include healthcare, business, education, government, and the public community input meetings. SVHA key working partners include the newly created regional public health institute, the Healthy Appalachia Institute at University of Virginia - Wise, Graduate Medical Education Consortium/Area Health Education Centers (GMEC/AHEC), Lenowisco and Cumberland Plateau Health Districts of the Virginia Department of Health.