News Release: Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax Releases Community Health Improvement Plan


October 3, 2013

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The Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax published its Community Health Improvement Plan this week—the culmination of a multi-year collaborative effort by a diverse coalition of residents, community organizations, schools, health care providers, businesses, faith communities and government agencies. The Community Health Improvement Plan identifies seven priority issues for the Fairfax community. Each issue includes goals, objectives and key actions that will be implemented in the coming years through the Live Healthy Fairfax initiative to promote optimal health and well-being for all who live, work and play in the Fairfax community.

  1. Healthy and Safe Physical Environment: Improving the community environment to support good health for all.
  2. Active Living: Increasing opportunities for physical activity to improve health.
  3. Healthy Eating: Making healthy food affordable and accessible for all.
  4. Tobacco-Free Living: Reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke where community members live, work and play.
  5. Health Workforce: Expanding the workforce capacity to meet the health care needs of a diverse community.
  6. Access to Health Services: Improving access to and quality of health care services.
  7. Data: Integrating public health data to improve monitoring, analysis, reporting and evaluation of community health.

"We recognize that there are many ways to improve community health," said Julie Knight, co-chair of the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax. "We considered feasibility, health impact and promotion of health equity in developing our plan, and as we move into action, we have a solid plan that allows us to maximize resources within our community through our collaboration."

The Community Health Improvement Plan was presented to community members on Oct. 2, 2013.                                         The Community Health Improvement Plan is intended to be a long-term, strategic and systematic effort to reduce poor health outcomes in the community. The plan is based on a thorough community health assessment process; the results of six assessments were reviewed, analyzed and synthesized to shape the plan. Implementation of the plan requires a community-wide effort. The Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax established the Live Healthy Fairfax initiative to bring the community together around improving public health.

"To transform our community into a healthier place for everyone, each of us will have to do his or her part," said Marlene Blum, co-chair of the Partnership for a Healthier Fairfax. "We encourage everyone to join us by taking steps as simple as increasing physical activity or by getting involved in the ongoing work of Live Healthy Fairfax."

The Community Health Improvement Plan was funded, in part, by a Community Transformation Grant (CTG) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Fairfax County was awarded the CTG in 2011 to build capacity to implement policy, system, programmatic and infrastructure changes that promote health and prevent chronic disease.

To learn more about Live Healthy Fairfax, visit www.fairfaxcounty.gov/LiveHealthy.

MEDIA CONTACT:

Glen Barbour
Public Safety Information Officer, Fairfax County Health Department
703-246-8635, TTY 711
glen.barbour@fairfaxcounty.gov


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