Cobb & Douglas Public Health, along with Cobb2020 and Live Healthy Douglas Coalitions, release the 2017-21 Community Health Improvement Plan

November 2, 2017

Cobb & Douglas Public Health and the community health coalitions, consisting of Cobb2020 and Live Healthy Douglas, partnered with Kennesaw State University to release the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for 2017-21, along with the 2016 Cobb & Douglas Community Health Assessment (CHA).

The 2016 Cobb & Douglas CHA includes data collected between 2011 and 2015, and it provides a comprehensive picture of the health in the District 3-1 (Cobb & Douglas) community, including demographics, economics and key health risks impacting individuals, businesses and organizations. Typically, this assessment is conducted every five years, and this is the second cycle for these counties.

Guided by needs identified in the assessment, the Cobb & Douglas Community Health Improvement Plan II (2017-21) provides Cobb & Douglas Public Health, its partners, and the community health coalitions a five-year strategic action plan to implement community-based changes to improve long-term health and wellness, monitor progress toward goals and establish future goals.

Highlights in these reports include:

  • CHIP strategic health priorities for the next five years:
    • Improving access to health services
    • Creating a community that supports healthy lifestyle choices
       
  • Additional areas of focus include evaluating mental/behavioral health service needs, reducing infant death disparities in the counties and exploring ways to better target the efficient delivery of needed services.
     
  • Chronic diseases and leading causes of death:
    • Cobb County: Heart and cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death
    • Douglas County: Lung cancer is the leading cause of death

“The Cobb & Douglas CHA report provides valuable insight into the health status of our communities and the gaps identified by our residents and leaders,” said Jack Kennedy, M.D., district health director for CDPH. “Using this information, our agency, our health coalitions and our partners have put together the Community Health Improvement Plan to improve access to quality health services, reduce chronic diseases and create a community that supports healthier lifestyle choices for all our diverse residents.”

Download the reports by visiting the Cobb & Douglas Public Health publications’ page: http://www.cobbanddouglaspublichealth.com/publications/.

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