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2017

Public Health Targets Areas to Improve Community Health
 
Department:
 
Health and Human Services Agency

Date:
3/16/2017
Contact:
Olivia Byron-Cooper

Phone:
(530) 621-6374

April 3-9, 2017, is National Public Health Week -- a time to highlight efforts across the nation to improve the health and wellbeing of residents. This year in El Dorado County, the Public Health Division of the El Dorado County Health and Human Services Agency is working with agency partners and local community members to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP, which is expected to be finalized in the next couple of months, is based on a comprehensive Community Health Assessment (CHA) done in 2016 that included input from community members and agency partners, and an analysis of local data. The CHIP also ties into the County’s “Healthy Communities” strategic plan.  

The El Dorado County CHIP will focus on the four following areas:

  • Active Living
  • Healthy Eating
  • Behavioral Health
  • Access to Care

According to El Dorado County Health Officer, Nancy Williams, a core function of Public Health is to work with organizations and individuals to collect and analyze health related data, and then to collaborate to address identified community needs. “The data we collect helps us make the best decisions about how to improve the community’s health status,” said Williams. “The Community Health Assessment completed last year helped us identify the top four issues that will be the focus of the CHIP over the next five years. Through this plan, we are working with our community partners to prioritize and implement specific activities to tackle the top issues.”  

Williams says that leads have been assigned to each of the four focus areas of the CHIP and teams of people have begun meeting. The Active Living team plans to work towards creating safe, healthy, sustainable communities and environments that promote active lifestyles for community members. The Healthy Eating team will focus on increasing access to healthy, affordable food, and increasing environments that promote healthy food choices. The Behavioral Health team plans to focus on a collaborative outreach, prevention and policy effort with partner agencies that will help clients who have been victims of trauma, reduce tobacco use and build resiliency in local communities. The Access to Care team hopes to educate residents and others about ways to acquire insurance and reduce barriers to services that are available but difficult to access through current systems. 

“This is an exciting project that we feel could make a great impact in the community,” said Williams. “Partners include local health care providers, hospitals and non-profit organizations, schools, law enforcement agencies, city staff and others. We are very grateful for these partnerships.” 

For more information about the CHA and CHIP, please visit www.welldorado.org. For specific questions, or for those interested in possibly joining one of the CHIP focus area teams, please contact Olivia Byron-Cooper, Public Health Program Manager, at (530) 621-6374.

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