FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH Division of Public Health Statistics & Performance Management
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Florida and its health partners have conducted a comprehensive health assessment. Culminating in the State Health Assessment, a comprehensive perspective of Florida's health status, resources, strengths and opportunities for improvement is presented. Individually, each assessment yields an in-depth analysis of factors and forces that impact population health. The four assessments taken together contribute to a comprehensive view of health and quality of life in Florida and constitute Florida's State Health Assessment report. Because it provides essential information for discussion, prioritization and action, a state health assessment process is the foundation for improving and promoting the health of Florida's residents.
Big Bend Better Living is a regional healthy eating, active living campaign formed out of a collaboration between eight North Florida County Health Departments: Gulf, Franklin, Wakulla, Gadsden, Leon, Jefferson, Madison, and Taylor. As staff from each county health department developed their community health assessments, they discovered similarities regarding obesity-related illness and lack of exercise and healthy eating. They realized that if they collaborated to educate the populations they serve about these health issues they would be more efficient and effective. They developed the website bigbendbetterliving.org, public service announcements, and educational brochures and posters for community outreach. One particularly innovative way the collaborative chose to educate their residents about the most important health issues and trends was to develop a short and accessible brochure for each county to be passed out to residents (go to http://www.bigbendbetterliving.org/_pdfs/profiles/Madison%20County.pdf) for an example of the Madison CHD brochure).
In Madison and Jefferson counties, CHD staff and their partners realized that using Big Bend Better Living resources to educate people about preventing chronic disease raised the health department's visibility and strengthened their position as catalysts for change. While they distributed the materials at youth lock-ins, faith-based health events, farmers markets and music festivals, they established connections and built partnerships with people and organizations working towards similar goals.
According to Kimberly Allbritton, Interim Administrator of the Florida Department of Health in Jefferson and Madison counties, "It just made financial sense to pool our resources because all the CHDs in the big bend area serve populations with similar health problems and we were all interested in education and establishing relationships that could sustain our work. The next step for Madison and Jefferson CHDs will be focusing on encouraging healthy behaviors in our youth population."
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