OXNARD, CALIF. – Operating from the belief that intervention development and program planning should always be data-driven, Ventura County Public Health is in the planning phase for the next Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan.
“One of the most valuable ways to learn about the health of a community is through the residents and community stakeholders,” said Erin Slack, Public Health Epidemiologist. “So community and stakeholder engagement is a priority for this CHA/CHIP planning cycle.”
Public Health held a meeting with representatives from all the community benefit hospitals – including the Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula Hospital – at the end of May to begin to align the County’s health assessment processes and discuss how to more effectively allocate community benefit resources within the county. Public Health staff is also partnering with the County’s Resource Management Agency Planning Department to gather feedback from residents at the town hall meetings taking place in July and August as part of the General Plan Update.
In August, Public Health staff began a series of presentations to community stakeholder groups to provide an overview of the community health assessment process, share some data on the health status of the community, and receive feedback from the group or coalition as to the most important health issues affecting Ventura County residents.
Here are some ways that the public can become involved in the health assessment process:
- Complete a brief, three-minute survey to provide feedback for the CHA - English or Spanish
- Visit http://www.healthmattersinvc.org to learn more about the health status of your community.
Public Health will continue to keep residents and employees informed during the health assessment process.