Community Health Improvement Plan Adopted by Joint Board – Jefferson County

In case you missed this last month because of the noise of the election. The Jefferson County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is the result of hundreds of hours of work by volunteers and professionals in the community to prioritize how to improve health care here in the county. As we seek to go forward into the Brave New World of the  Trump administration, we will use these as keystones to drive future work to protect our community from the worse of the impending cuts to services. You will hear these repeated at meetings coming up in the future. So it’ worth reading this and the linked documents.

Let me re-iterate it if you don’t want to read this press release:

The four health priorities identified by the assessment are: Access to care, Chronic Disease Prevention, Immunizations, and Mental Health and Chemical Dependency.


November 4, 2016
For Immediate Release
Contact: Karen Obermeyer
Phone: (360) 385-9400
Jefferson County Public Health
kobermeyer@co.jefferson.wa.us

Jefferson County – The Jefferson County Board of Health and the Jefferson County Hospital District board have both unanimously adopted the Jefferson County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP is a long-term, systematic effort to address the community’s most important current health issues. It identifies areas where we can have the largest impact on improving the health of all Jefferson residents — particularly the most vulnerable residents of our community. The CHIP focuses on improving health, not just by reducing illness, but by enhancing physical, mental and social well-being. The complete CHIP, as well as its strategic results frameworksare available for viewing at the Jefferson County Public Health website.

“There are many factors that affect our health and have a tremendous influence on health outcomes,” said Jefferson County Public Health Director Vicki Kirkpatrick. “The physical environment, social and economic factors, and access to care all play a role in an individual’s health and are all incorporated into the plan.”

The CHIP was developed based on the results of the Community Health Assessment (CHA), which was made possible by a grant from the Washington State Hospital Association. In 2013, Jefferson Healthcare, and Jefferson County Public Health partnered to lead the collection of social, economic, health and other data to better understand the health of our community. A group of community stakeholders used this data to identify four health priorities in Jefferson County. All of the data and information collected through the assessment is included in the CHA and is available for viewing at the Jefferson County Public Health website under publications and data.

The four health priorities identified by the assessment are: Access to care, Chronic Disease Prevention, Immunizations, and Mental Health and Chemical Dependency. Workgroups with broad community representation identified goals, objectives and evidence-based strategies to address these top health issues over the next four years. The collective work was incorporated into one Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for Jefferson County.

The CHIP is community-driven, data focused, and is used to define a vision for health in our community. In Jefferson County, we have used this opportunity to build an outline that will guide community leaders and residents in making decisions about where to invest time and resources to improve health and well-being of our residents. The goal of the CHIP is to facilitate alignment of efforts within the community, utilizing collective impact in order to make measurable differences in the health and well-being of Jefferson County people, families, and communities.
For more information contact Vicki Kirkpatrick or John Nowak.

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