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Strategic Plan & Annual Report

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Strategic Plan

2013 –2017


We exist to improve the health & well-being of the global communities we serve by inspiring volunteerism throughout Gundersen Health System and local communities.


We will be a model for community-to-community partnerships that empower global communities to improve their health and quality of life.

Core Values

  • Sustainability: Bettering our partner communities for future generations
  • Relationships: Partnering with respect and authentic listening
  • Volunteerism: Giving our time and talents to serve others
  • Stewardship: Acting responsibly with the resources entrusted to us

Key Pillars and Strategies

Health: To improve the long term health of our partner communities

  • Training and mentoring of health professionals
  • Community health assessments
  • Community health education and programs
  • Medical and specialty services to address gaps in healthcare
  • Engaging increasing number of GHS employees and departments

Education: To improve the educational opportunities available in our partner communities

  • Training and workshops for teachers and students
  • Mentoring for teachers
  • Scholarship development
  • Education and literacy assessments
  • Supporting students entering health professions
  • School partnerships

Community Development: To help our partner communities develop the infrastructure they need to thrive

  • Building on existing strengths and resources of a community
  • Program development based on community needs assessments
  • Community empowerment through leadership training

Philanthropy: To create a self-sustaining environment through a culture of giving globally

  • Expand donor support and engagement
  • Grant opportunities
  • Relationships with businesses
  • Continued support for fundraising
Love + Medicine

Every day, Gundersen Health System staff deliver great medicine plus a little something extra—we call it Love + Medicine.

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