First came the diagnosis: Too many people of the Roanoke Valley are in poor health, lacking the insurance, awareness and assistance they need to get better.
Then the potential cure: A strategic plan, unveiled Tuesday, that strives to treat not just the patients but the health care system that serves them.
Healthy Roanoke Valley, a coalition of more than 50 public and private entities with a stake in the community’s health, outlined a broad plan that calls for increased access to medical services, better coordination of care and an enhanced culture of wellness.
The plan was drafted in response to a community health needs assessment completed last year for an area that includes the cities of Roanoke and Salem and the counties of Botetourt, Craig, Franklin and Roanoke.
While the region’s ailments have been known for years, the latest effort to address them is driven in part by the new federal health care law.