|Be Healthy Denver Announces Top Two Public Health Priorities|
Be Healthy Denver released Denver’s first ever five-year Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Developed through a community-driven process, the Community Health Improvement Plan identifies two main areas of focus for citywide public health projects:
• Access to Care, including Behavioral Health
• Healthy Eating and Active Living, including the Built Environment
“These two focus areas rose to the top of our list after discussing health data with Denver’s community members,” says Doug Linkhart, executive director, Denver Environmental Health. “With this plan, we have a clear picture of where we are today, and where we want Denver to be in five years.”
In 2013, approximately 104,000 people in Denver (nearly one in five residents) lacked health insurance. A higher portion lacked dental insurance. And, during the 2012/2013 school year, 30% of Denver’s school-aged children were overweight or obese, consistent with the national average of 33%.
The Community Health Improvement Plan includes specific and measurable goals to assess progress in these areas. By 2018, Be Healthy Denver aims ensure that:
• At least 95% of Denver residents will have access to primary medical care, including behavioral health care.
• The percentage of children and adolescents in Denver who are at a healthy weight will increase by five percentage points.
“This truly is a plan driven by and for our city,” adds William Burman, MD, director, Denver Public Health. “I’m confident that by working together as a community we will achieve our goals of increasing the number of Denver residents accessing medical care, as well as having more children in Denver at a healthy weight.”
The Community Health Improvement Plan is available for download on BeHealthyDenver.org. Ongoing progress updates will also be posted to this site.
Be Healthy Denver is a joint effort between Denver Environmental Health, Denver Public Health, and numerous partner organizations and individuals throughout the city focused on working together to improve the health of all Denver residents. Be Healthy Denver envisions a community that provides ample opportunities for all residents to be healthy, regardless of their race, ethnicity, income level, or the neighborhood in which they live. Visit BeHealthyDenver.org for more information.
Posted on February 04, 2014 (Archive on April 05, 2014)
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