Health systems, public health agencies, and community organizations across the nation are implementing Community Health Improvement (CHI) methods to create a culture of health and well-being for all residents. CHI is a process to identify and address the health needs of communities (CDC, 2015). Building healthy communities through policy, systems, and environmental changes is an investment that yields positive life-changing results for both residents and business owners. Healthy spaces makes it easier for residents to live, learn, work, and play; thus preventing disease and improving economic development.
Boston focuses on reducing asthma disparities through their community asthma initiative. As a result, the Boston Children’s Hospital have reduced child hospitalizations by 80% and child ER visits by 60%. Additionally, the Medical University of South Carolina, Community Diabetes Education program facilitated community conversations that led to a reduction in amputations by 50%, which translates to approximately $2 million annual cost savings. These efforts as well as others have prompted action in various communities to implement wellness programs, setting goals for active living, healthy eating, and tobacco-free living.
Health Initiatives demonstrated in this video exemplify the mission and vision of the Call to Action initiative. We aim to create an environment that will promote healthy lifestyles, therefore allowing Kern County residents the ability to enjoy life. Check out this video