Our Community Health Improvement Plan:
Regional Health Improvement Priorities and Plans

The South Central Public Health Network selected the priority areas shown below for focused community health improvement efforts over the next five years. In some cases, the strategies included in this plan build on the efforts of existing partnerships and workgroups, while in other cases new workgroups will be formed. In all cases, these efforts advance current cross-jurisdiction, multi-sector collaboration in the region.

  1. Prevent obesity through healthy eating and active living.
  2. Improve access to behavioral healthcare services.
  3. Reduce substance misuse and addiction through prevention, treatment and recovery.
  4. Prevent injuries and reduce their consequences.
  5. Improve public health emergency preparedness for individuals with access and functional needs.

The remainder of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) provides detailed information about each public health priority area and details plans for improvement. In some cases, objectives that are included in the CHIP are developmental. These objectives describe important areas in which strategic action will occur, but for which quantitative baseline data are not currently available at the regional level. An important aspect of our work will be to engage state and local partners to assemble more specific information that can better describe our progress toward improving the health of our communities.

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