Celebrating National Public Health Week
National Public Health Week highlights public health topics to create awareness and build healthier communities. Public Health affects communities every day, including the places where we live, learn, work, worship, and play. The Partnership for a Healthy Community is celebrating National Public Health Week by highlighting a unique and important health improvement collaboration that has occurred in the tri-county area over the past three years.
The Partnership for a Healthy Community is a community-driven effort to improve health and wellness in Central Illinois. Multiple organizations, sectors, and the public participate in population health planning to identify and prioritize health and quality of life issues, map and leverage community resources, and form effective partnerships to implement health improvement strategies in Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties.
Every three years, a Community Health Needs Assessment is completed within the tri-county area to identify top priorities to be addressed. The data collection includes local surveys, hospital data, and secondary data from multiple reliable sources.
This year, the Partnership for a Healthy Community gathered together members from the tri-county area to review health data, provide feedback based on professional experience, and analyze 15 identified areas, narrowing down to the top 4 priority health topics. The 4 priorities that will be addressed and implemented in the tri-county area for the 2020-2023 cycle include: Mental Health, Obesity, Cancer (breast, lung and colorectal), and Substance Abuse.
To participate on the priority workgroups or for more information on important community health issues, visit the Partnership for a Healthy Community website: www.HealthyHOI.org.