Community Health Improvement Plan
Jefferson County Public Health, Centura Health — St. Anthony Hospital and SCL Health Lutheran Medical Center embarked on the collaborative process of assessing our communities needs through the joint Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) recognizing our organizations’ shared commitment to assessing, evaluating, and collectively improving our community’s health. Through that process, and the ensuing health improvement planning process, Jefferson County Public Health created our Community Health Improvement Plan in December 2018.
With the support and engagement of numerous community members, stakeholders and partner organizations, our community has prioritized four health factors that will be the focus of our collaborative improvements for the next three years.
- Access to mental health care and substance use treatment
- Alcohol and substance use, including opioids
- Food insecurity
This plan serves as a starting point that will inform and guide our collaborative health improvement efforts from 2019-2021. The plan highlights the county’s public health priorities, identifies the community partners and activities needed for collective improvement and provides a method for evaluating progress towards these goals. As the chief health strategist for Jefferson County, Jefferson County Public Health will use the plan to encourage and activate all of the partners who have committed through this process to improve the health of the community, with a focus on underlying social conditions while addressing persistent health gaps. Working together, we can better address the current and emerging public health issues facing our community. Our next steps will include working with our partners in the local public health system in assessing the activities identified in our CHIP. Although this is a three-year plan, our hope is to build a system that will sustain the work and positive health outcomes for many years.
We would like to thank all the community members, partners and staff of our respective organizations who lent their expertise, time and passion to make this effort successful. It would not have been possible without your hard work and dedication to improve health for all Jefferson County residents, and we look forward to taking the next bold steps with you!
Want to get involved?
- Join our mailing list to receive important updates regarding the implementation of the 2019-2021 plan by contacting, Kristian Blessington, Health Planner at Jefferson County Public Health, at [email protected].
- Subscribe to JCPH’s New Community Newsletter! The purpose of the monthly newsletter is to help keep our community members and partners informed about public health-related news and updates, events and activities, new public health programs and resources, opportunities to get involved and more.