Following completion of a year-long Pierce County community health assessment, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department on Feb. 5 identified the county's top five health issues: mental health, substance abuse, access to quality health services, health disparities and protecting and improving the environment.
A group of more than 100 community and health leaders gathered at the University of Washington-Tacoma's Philip Hall on Feb. 5 to learn about and discuss the data findings. They also took first steps to prioritize countywide health improvement efforts using the data.
These countywide health improvements will be part of the Community Health Improvement Plan, scheduled for completion in June. Considered a road map, the CHIP will help community partners address the top health priorities effectively.
For more information on the CHIP, visit www.tpchd.org/about/community-health-improvement-plan/. A copy of the community health status assessment can be downloaded at http://www.tpchd.org/files/library/569f9b9ff576d8c9.pdf.