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Florida Department of Health in Hernando County Addresses County Health Rankings

March 15, 2018

Brooksville, Fla. — The Florida Department of Health in Hernando County recognizes the value in measuring health outcomes and today acknowledged the 2018 County Health Rankings & Roadmaps tool released by the University of Wisconsin and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. This study highlights the many community factors that influence health and uses established data, much of which is available from the department at http://www.flhealthcharts.com/.


“Through collaborative efforts with the Community Health Improvement Planning Partnership, (CHIPP) we are striving to address health equity and the social determinants of health in Hernando County,” Health Officer Robin Napier shared.  “We are working collaboratively within our health system and alongside our community partners so all residents have the best possible opportunities to be healthy.”


The County Health Rankings show how Hernando County ranks on factors that influence its overall health ranking. Overall, Hernando County ranks 45 out of 67 counties.


The Rankings show Hernando has strengths in the physical environment where it ranked 26 out of 67, and health behaviors where it ranked 22 out of 67.


The Rankings also shed light on obstacles to health for our residents, and identifies opportunities for improvement such as children living in poverty, the high school graduation rate and unemployment.


These rankings are a snapshot of the health of counties across the country and they emphasize that health is not a singular effort but a combined work in progress across all community partners. The department works in collaboration with local governments, non-profit organizations, health care facilities, business groups, schools, faith-based organizations and many other stakeholders to improve the health of all people in Hernando County. These rankings use data related to physical environments, social and economic factors, health behaviors and clinical care.


In Hernando County, the Community Health Improvement Plan Partnership (CHIPP) is designed to address specific opportunities for improved health that have been identified by the community. The department has partnered with many stakeholders to implement the CHIP and collaborates regularly to track progress. The 2018-2019 plan includes three goal areas. Goal I: Improve access to primary care, mental health care, and substance abuse services in Hernando County, Florida; Goal II: Improve Quality of Life in Hernando County Florida using collaboration through key community stakeholders to address obesity prevention, physical activity, diabetes, substance abuse, and infant mortality in Hernando County; and Goal III: Increase and enhance CHIPP capacity.


The next Community Health Improvement Plan Partnership (CHIPP) meeting will be held at the Department of Health, 7551 Forest Oaks Blvd. Spring Hill, May 15.
To explore more health indicators in your county, visit www.FLHealthCHARTS.com.


About the Florida Department of Health
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