2 DQ 2 Strategic planning involves looking into the future, outlining goals for the organization, and developing a process of how to achieve them. (Whitney, 2018). The purpose of creating a strategic plan in health care requires assessing the current operations, the resources available including the existing infrastructure through a SWOT analysis. (Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats).Through the analysis, the management can look at the day-to-day operations and how to improve them in alignment with the vision and mission of the organization. Other tools include objectives and key results and balanced score card. Strategic planning gives direction, increases efficiency, and allows organizations to be proactive rather than reactive. Future planning in the organization can be affected by budgeting, organization culture, goals, leadership, and ineffective communication. When planning, health care organizations need to know the community needs, their health patterns, and projected population growth even as they consider advances in medical technology in alignment with their goals. Using 200-300 words APA format with at least two references. Sources must be published within the last 5 years Discuss the purpose of strategic planning in a health care environment. Explain what factors affect future planning in an organization and what tools can be used for future planning.