Vision, Mission, Values, Framework


By 2020 all residents of the Eastern Shore of Virginia report a growing, positive sense of health, well-being, and self-empowerment.


As a volunteer multi-sector partnership, Eastern Shore Healthy Communities’ mission is to develop an accountable care community using policies, systems, and environmental change strategies to improve the health and success of the Eastern Shore of Virginia.


Teamwork. We are a group of diverse people working together toward a clearly defined, shared vision.

Effective Decision Making. We support a process in which all opinions are respected and considered. All participants are equally important and working towards a common goal.

Duty/Commitment. We have a duty and commitment to work towards achieving our shared mission and vision.

Proactive. We use a “root cause” approach to community well-being issues; looking at ways to address the source of the concern to reduce or prevent the occurrence of that concern.

Systemic Equity. We believe that all persons have the right to full and equal access to opportunities that enable them to be healthy and enjoy well-being.

Creativity/Innovation. We use creative and innovative approaches to moving towards well-being.


Eastern Shore Healthy Communities is a partnership of organizations and individuals representing multiple sectors promote Eastern Shore well-being. Working together, we positively and collectively impact our community using a policies, systems and environmental change framework.

Well-being describes a community’s health, positive social relationships and the availability and access to basic resources like food, housing, jobs, income, and education.

When we create policies, for example, worksite wellness policies to reduce trauma, embed resilience, increase prevention and encourage well-being, we impact hundreds of people in multiple organizations. When system improvements occur, like adopting the community eligibility provision (CEP) in our public schools, all children access meals for free, instead of just a few, and all children have access to nutrition at school. And when alter environments, to create livable communities where roads and sidewalks safely support walking and bicycling, as well as automobiles, we make active living possible for all ages.

The spectrum of well-being includes health: preventive and sick care that our doctors and hospitals provide, and health education. It also includes positive social relationships that flourish because we understand and celebrate our differences and because we know and have empathy for those who have suffered trauma—we take the time to learn about trauma and we create resilient and trauma-informed families and organizations. Finally, well-being requires a community and residents with adequate food, well-constructed housing, jobs that pay a living wage, families with sufficient income, and an educational system that nurtures in its students self-sufficiency, self-esteem, competence to perform well on a job or to engage in further training.

When Eastern Shore well-being suffers, we take a pro-active, upstream approach using our policies, systems and environmental change framework because this approach moves the needle on success and is sustainable. We hope you get this and we hope you will join us.