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Community Health Improvement in Jefferson County
Every five years, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH), in collaboration with the Jefferson County Board of Health, Jefferson County Health Council and numerous community partners, organizations and government agencies, undergoes a comprehensive community health improvement planning process resulting in a Jefferson County Community Health Assessment (CHA) and a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).
Jefferson County, with a growing population of 558,503 residents, includes urban, suburban, and rural areas. County residents are generally well-educated and have a high median income. However, despite an overall decrease in poverty rates, poverty levels are increasing among households with children.
While the county has many assets, a 2013 Jefferson County Community Health Assessment revealed that chronic diseases such as cardiovascular diseases and cancers are the leading causes of death in the county, and that these leading causes of death are linked to five common risk factors: poor diet, physical inactivity, tobacco use and exposure, alcohol use, and chronic psychosocial stress.
Health Assessment Highlights:
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For more information or to get involved, contact Pamela Gould, JCPH Health Planner, at 303-275-7526 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The purpose of Jefferson County’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is to describe how organizations throughout Jefferson County plan to collaboratively and strategically work together to improve the health and well-being of our community. The CHIP describes actions being taken to address health issues highlighted in the CHA and identified by community members as important areas for our community to focus on when planning health improvements.
The Jefferson County Community Health Improvement Plan includes two broad goals:
1. To increase physical activity, healthy eating, and psychosocial well-being among low-income families with children ages 0-18; and, 2. To implement a collective impact approach in Jefferson County to increase healthy eating, active living, and psychosocial well-being. The first goal directly addresses improving health outcomes in Jefferson County through a variety of activities that will be undertaken by the Jeffco Community Health Improvement Network. This network is comprised of six coalitions: Active Living, Food Policy, Health in Early Childhood, School Wellness, Healthy Beverage, Preventive Care and Mental Health Resources. Working together, these coalitions will pursue the strategies outlined in this plan. This Network will allow us to collaborate successfully across sectors to have the greatest impact possible.
The second goal outlines how Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) will align efforts with partners through the Jeffco Community Health Improvement Network and by using a collective impact approach. As JCPH continues to work with partners to improve the health of our community, we are committed to updating this document regularly to reflect our progress.
By aligning efforts with partners across Jefferson County, our community can take significant steps toward ensuring that Jefferson County’s residents have equitable access to healthy foods, places to engage in physical activity, and the resources they need to achieve and maintain psychosocial well-being. We see the CHIP as a living document and are committed to updating this plan yearly in collaboration with Jeffco Community Health Improvement Network partners. We hope that this plan will serve as a guide for community partners and residents to engage actively in making Jefferson County a healthier place to live, learn, work, and play. For more information or to get involved in the Jeffco Community Health Improvement Network, visit www.healthypeoplehealthyplacsejeffco.com or contact Pamela Gould, JCPH Health Planner, at 303-275-7526 or email@example.com.
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