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    Jefferson County Identifies Low-income Households with Children ages 0-18 as the Target Population for its Community Health Improvement Plan

    Jefferson County, CO -- Over the past year, Jefferson County Public Health (JCPH) has worked with the Jefferson County Board of Health, Jefferson County Health Council and numerous community partners to develop a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The Healthy People Healthy Places Jeffco community collaboration has accomplished much this year, including releasing its community health assessment; selecting physical inactivity, poor diet and psychosocial stressors as the highest priority areas to address; forming work groups to begin working toward solutions to our toughest health challenges; and, identifying its target population as low-income households with children ages 0-18 with a focus on Latino children.

    The healthy eating work group and the active living work group were created to identify ways to increase access to healthy foods and physical activity while also coping with stressors related to food, transportation,social, occupational, financial and housing in-security. These groups are made up of professionals and engaged residents with expertise in access to healthy food, physical activity, and mental health. Each group addressed psychosocial stressors by considering the barriers to eating healthy food and being physically active, particularly among those with the greatest burden of poor health. The work groups were further tasked with determining what specific populations would benefit most from CHIP interventions.

    Selecting priority populations required further research and data collection. Work groups studied local health data related to socioeconomic factors, healthy eating, and physical activity as well as data from a survey of ocal decision makers gauging political will. Members then considered the impact the CHIP work would have if different segments of our population were selected. This included looking at the likelihood of improving health, the size of the population, political and community support for working with a specific population, the capacity of local organizations to make a difference among a specific population group, and the likelihood that differences in health between population groups would be reduced. Using these criteria, the work groups identified low-income households with children ages 0 to 18, with a focus on Latino children, as the group that can most benefit from our CHIP.

    Knowing what our priorities are (physical inactivity, poor diet and psychosocial stressors) and knowing the target population (low-income households with children ages 0 to 18, with a focus on Latino children) paves the way for the development and implementation of strategies that all of our partners can focus on to create a healthier Jefferson County. Next year, we will build on the great progress Healthy People Healthy Places Jeffco has made by continuing to meet and collaborate with key partners in the county. We look forward to continuing to gather input from the public and our partners to develop and implement a CHIP that will help Jeffco residents live longer, happier and meaningful lives.

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    Nancy Braden
    Health Communications

    December 16, 2013

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    Last Updated: 12-17-2013