In 1948, the World Health Organization determined, “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” With that definition of health in mind, the City of Garland is embarking on the first ever Comprehensive Community Health Assessment (CCHA), designed to provide insight into the health of Garland citizens and to suggest actionable priorities for improving overall health in our community.
Why now? Because there is a growing consensus that in order to effect real and meaningful change we must be oriented toward a set of common goals. New provisions such as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the National Local Public Health Accreditation Standards compel hospitals and health departments to identify community health goals and work in partnership with their communities to achieve better health.
The Comprehensive Community Health Assessment will be completed over several months using multiple assessment tools. The first tool, theLocal Public Health System Assessment, was completed in February 2014 with the input of many community partner organizations. The Local Public Health System Assessment gives a picture of the public health services provided throughout the community, not just by the Garland Health Department. The results of the Local Public Health System Assessment can be viewed at the link below.
Other tools in the CCHA include the Forces of Change Assessment and the Community Health Assessment. Garland Citizens are encouraged to provide input on the Community Themes and Assets survey which will be available at the end of April through June 30, 2014. As each tool is completed, results will be posted on this page.
Once all four assessments are completed, the Comprehensive Community Health Assessment will be compiled and published. From the CCHA, a Community Health Improvement Plan will be developed and will include a list of priorities for improving the health of Garland citizens and a plan of action for addressing those health needs. A Garland Health Department Strategic Plan will direct Health Department and partner organization activities in meeting these improved health goals.
The Healthy Garland Steering Committee guides the Comprehensive Community Health Assessment process. For more information on the Healthy Garland initiative, contact Don Hart, 972-205-3362 or firstname.lastname@example.org.