Following the completion of the year-long Pierce County community health assessment, the Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department has identified the county’s top five health issues.
They are: 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 last Wednesday to learn about and discuss the findings. They also took steps to prioritize countywide health improvement efforts.
The improvements will be part of the Community Health Improvement Plan, scheduled for June. Considered a road map, the CHIP will help community partners effectively address the priorities.
For more information, visit www.tpchd.org/about/community-health-improvement-plan.
A copy of the community health status assessment can found at www.tpchd.org/files/library/569f9b9ff576d8c9.pdf.