Jackson County Community Health Improvement Plan (Jan. 1, 2015 – Dec. 31, 2019)

Jackson County Healthy Communities Coalition (JCHCC) and Jackson County Health Department (JCHD) worked together to conduct a needs assessment and develop a five year plan for improving the health of Jackson County residents. Health data was reviewed, stakeholder opinions were collected, and three priority health problems were chosen.

Action teams then worked to develop plans related to the three problems. They assessed existing resources, chose Healthy People 2020 objectives to focus on, and reviewed evidence-based strategies for programming. The five year plans include an overview of the problem, outcome and process objectives, strategies, funding needed, and evaluation methods. Below are the priority health problems and an overview of how the Action Teams will work to address the problems.

Decrease Cardiovascular Disease

Increase fruit and vegetable consumption by:

• Promoting healthy eating through school, worksite and community programming.

Increase the number of people who are exercising by:

• Promoting physical activity through school, worksite and community programming.

• Advocating for increased bicycle and pedestrian opportunities.

Reduce non-smokers exposure to environmental tobacco smoke by:

Increasing the number of smoke-free environments.

Reduce the number of smokers by:

Increasing cessation attempts.

Reduce the number of people who are unaware of their cardiovascular risk factors by:

• Hosting screening events.

Increase the number of people who are able to manage chronic disease by:

Conducting self-management classes.

Increasing patient referrals from healthcare providers for services.

Improve Access to Behavioral Health Services

Decrease misuse of prescription drugs by:

Increasing awareness of misuse and its consequences.

• Increasing options for safe storage and disposal of medications.

• Expand alternatives to incarceration.

Increase the number of children and adults receiving treatment for depression and anxiety by:

Increasing the awareness of the prevalence of depression and anxiety as well as the availability

  of effective treatments.

Increasing screening and early detection for depression and anxiety.

Reduce Cancer Deaths

Increase the screening rates for colon, prostate, breast and cervical cancer by:

Promoting cancer screenings through educational campaigns.

Developing tools for use by healthcare providers to aid in screening promotion and

  patient educations.

For more information about the community health improvement plan, contact Jackson County Health Department at 618-684-3143, ext. 134 or 133.

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