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Community Health Improvement Plan rolls out May 2

Plan offers pathways to prevent suicide, obesity & youth abuse in Snohomish County

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash. – A plan to prevent suicide, obesity, and youth physical abuse in Snohomish County will roll out at a public meeting from 8:30-10 a.m., Friday, May 2, in the Snohomish County Campus Public Meeting Rooms, First Floor Drewel Building, 3000 Rockefeller Ave, Everett, Wash. County public health officials will present a Community Health Improvement Plan to guide agencies, elected officials, schools, the health care community, businesses, and the at-large community to tackle the priority health risks.

Suicide, youth abuse, and obesity are the top three health risks in Snohomish County. The short list is based on careful consideration of health data by the Snohomish Health District’s Public Health Advisory Council. The results of the council’s research were published in 2013’s The Health of Snohomish County “report card.” That report and background on the process are posted at www.snohd.org/assessment.

Following the selection of the top issues, numerous community members representing 42 organizations met to determine goals, objectives, and measurable strategies to guide community partners in achieving large-scale social, health and behavioral changes. This work is summarized in the Plan that will be presented on May 2.  Community partners also will be encouraged to volunteer as part of this effort. The Plan document will be posted at www.snohd.org/assessment following the May 2 event.

“Shared goals and collaboration among a broad base of health advocates are the most successful tools to improve the community’s health,” said Dr. Gary Goldbaum, Health Officer and Director of the Snohomish Health District. “We hope that community partners step forward to take ownership of the strategies and that the Plan gets traction in every area of Snohomish County.”

The Public Health Advisory Council is appointed by the Board of Health to consider public health issues and recommend policies and actions to improve the health of Snohomish County. Members are community leaders who volunteer their time for three-year terms, except the youth representative who serves for one year. The council was created in 2009 and expanded in 2012.

Established in 1959, the Snohomish Health District works for a safer and healthier Snohomish County through disease prevention, health promotion, and protection from environmental threats. Find more information about the Health Board and the Health District at http://www.snohd.org.
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