A vision statement is defined as a declaration of an organization's objectives, intended to guide its internal decision-making. It is an aspirational description of what an organization would like to achieve or accomplish in the mid-term or long-term future. It is intended to serves as a clear guide for choosing current and future courses of action.
In spring of 2018, an informal poll was taken in the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine to see if the current mission and vision statement was making an impact on department members. The poll concluded that not only was the current mission statement not memorable, it was not inspirational. While it described what the department’s focus was, it did not ignite, unite, or excite department members and divisions, so it was decided that it was time for a new vision statement.
After many hours of think-tanks, brainstorming meetings, presentations, and more, the new vision statement for the Department of Family and Preventive Medicine was born: Expanding the Possibilities of Health.
The Department of Family and Preventive Medicine houses four division who include members who work in a variety of fields and areas of study, but the element of health is one that unites department members throughout.
Below are the five areas that the department focuses on and includes as faculty, staff, and students go throughout their daily lives, achieving the vision of Expanding the Possibilities of Health.
We expand the possibilities of health by focusing on these five areas:
- Promoting wellness as the foundation of health
- Discovering and addressing what optimizes health
- Educating health professionals from every community
- Improving access to care and prevention
- Increasing evidence-based practice