Our community has many needs. It also has many strengths. In order to make the best use of our resources, Columbia St. Mary’s (CSM) must address important needs in the community in partnership with people and organizations with similar missions. Programs and services to support community health are best when they are collaborative, strategic and sustainable.
Because of the size and nature of many community health issues, CSM alone does not have enough resources to solve the problems. The best hope for success is seen in collaborations that bring together the resources of many organizations. CSM will seek to find partners that are mission-driven, devoted to excellence and capable of creative partnerships to solve community problems.
A program or service is strategic when it serves vulnerable people through the use of special talents and skills of people and programs within CSM. Strategic programs are seen where great community need is addressed by unique talents and skills.
A program or service is sustainable when it is supported by a variety of sources including reimbursement, grants, donations, volunteer and student support and contributions from other organizations. It is important to have a variety of resources available to serve vulnerable people.