Our mission is "promote, protect and improve the health of the community" and we are so excited to continue our mission with all of our city/township/village partners in looking for opportunities to partner in Health Equity in All Policies initiatives.
Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a collaborative approach that integrates health considerations into policy making to improve the health of all communities and people. During my time as your Health Commissioner (hard to believe it has been six years) I have been attending regular subdivision meetings to increase the collaboration of the Health District with all of our communities. For the past three years, a Health District staff member has been assigned to a political subdivision in an effort to strengthen these partnerships. Late last year I reached out to our subdivision partners for some feedback about how this is working. Overall, 81% of responding partners reported an increase in their knowledge of HiAP, 86% agreed/strongly agreed that the partnership had increased their awareness of public health and/or the Health District, and 95% of respondents agreed/strongly agreed that the partnership had improved our responsiveness to their issues/concerns.
In addition to the feedback received with the survey, I am thrilled to announce that three of our subdivision partners implemented HiAP changes to policy/practice because of this partnership; one related to reproductive/sexual health, one related to tobacco-free living, and two related to healthy eating. In addition, two additional partners have initiated HiAP change; two related to tobacco-free living and one related to communicable disease.
As we look forward to implementing more HiAP initiatives in 2019, please don't hesitate to reach out with any of your needs or ideas related to this initiative. As always if you have any questions or concerns regarding the Health District, you may e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dedicated to Your Health,
Shelia Hiddleson RN, MS
CLICK HERE to view last year's DAC Meeting Minutes
This report includes diseases that were classified, confirmed or probable during October-December 2018. There were increases in Chlamydia, Gonococcal infection, Salmonella, and Streptococcus pneumoniae. Reports of Influenza-associated hospitalizations, Pertussis and Varicella-chickenpox were below their historical five-year average. CLICK HERE to view the full report.
Community Health Improvement Plan Rolled Out
The new Community Health Improvement Plan is here! The 2019-2022 CHIP was officially rolled out on Jan. 18 at SourcePoint with numerous community leaders and partners in attendance. We invite you to check out the new CHIP including a multimedia toolkit to help you spread the word about the plan aimed at helping Delaware County #GoHealthy!
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