Community Health Assessment 2015/2016
The Florida Department of Health – Hillsborough County’s 2015/2016 Community Health Assessment (CHA) was developed by the Department’s staff with the assistance of a consulting firm and a broad group of individuals representing the interests of the community, including the Healthy Hillsborough Steering Committee and Collaborative and the thousands of Hillsborough County residents and community members who took part in the community survey, key informant interviews, and focus group sessions.
The Department utilized the National Association of County and City Health Official’s Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) model to complete the CHA, which is a community-driven strategic planning process for improving community health. This framework helps communities apply strategic thinking to prioritize public health issues and identify resources to address them. Applying this process can improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and performance of the local public health system.
Data from four assessments were analyzed to determine strategic issues or priority areas for the health department and local public health system to address in order to improve health outcomes.
Three Priority Areas were identified and include: Access to Care, Behavioral Health, and Obesity. The four themes of Encourage Healthy Behaviors, Prioritize Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, Improve Health Collaboration, and Address the Social Determinant of Health, were interwoven throughout the three Priority Areas and will be systematically addressed within a three-year plan as part of the individual Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) action plans. The figure below demonstrates the relationship between the identified priority areas and themes. A fourth priority area, Healthy Moms and Babies, focused on infant mortality, and was added as a result of the Florida Department of Health’s statewide Healthy Babies Initiative.
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