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Palm Beach County Community Health Improvement Plan

Florida Department of Health in Palm Beach

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

The Palm Beach County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Council was charged with the development of the CHIP for Palm Beach County. This group came together to better understand the current and emerging public health needs of Palm Beach County and to outline a plan for community health improvement. The process of assessing, prioritizing and planning to address the needs in the community was facilitated by the Health Council of Southeast Florida. The product of this process is the CHIP, a model for strategic health improvement in the community. The CHIP Council met during August and September 2012 to create the Plan for Palm Beach County. The Council worked in the months previous to extensively review the data contained in the Community Health Assessment in preparation for the development of the CHIP.

The health priorities addressed in this plan emerged from the review of the data and the input and discussions of the CHIP Council. It is important to note that the qualitative data reflects the sentiments of other key stakeholders, including consumers and providers.

Top 3 Health Priorities Identified by CHIP Council

  • Obesity (including childhood and adult obesity and associated comorbidities)

  • Shortage of Primary and Oral Healthcare Providers for the Uninsured and Underinsured

  • Mental and Behavior Health

The Council worked to identify to the root causes of the top health priorities in an effort to ensure the CHIP addresses the priorities in an appropriate and effective manner. The Plan that follows details the, objectives, measures, strategies and action steps that were developed to address the community’s health priorities.

Palm Beach County’s CHIP is the product of much collaboration, brainstorming, review and discussion by many dedicated individuals. It is a thorough and executable plan that can be used in the community’s health planning activities in the coming years. We hope that you will review this plan and consider how you can play a part in the achievement of a healthier Palm Beach County.

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