Timeline of Progress
DOH-Duval initiated a community health improvement process that resulted in the development of the Duval County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) 2012. Critical sectors that participated in this process included local hospitals and health care organizations, local government, community based organizations, and schools. Using NACCHO’s Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework, four strategic health priorities were identified: Access to Health Services, Access to Mental Health Services, Chronic Care Management, and Enhance Communication within the Local Public Health System.
The Duval County’s CHIP 2012 was revised based on community feedback, review of past accomplishments, and reprioritizing of efforts. The revisions are reflected in the Duval County CHIP Report Card 2014.
DOH-Duval partnered with local hospitals conducting CHNAs to identify, evaluate, prioritize, and address community health issues. The CHNA in Duval County resulted in 8 key informant interviews, 8 focus groups, and 4 town hall meetings that provided insight on a wide range of community health issues, including barriers to accessing health services, prevalence of health conditions, and health disparities faced by the residents of Duval County.
The Duval County CHIP 2012 was revised based on community feedback, review of past accomplishments, reprioritizing of efforts, and results from the CHNA conducted by local hospitals. The revisions are reflected in the Duval County CHIP 2012-2015. To address current health challenges facing Duval County, DOH-Duval began planning for a new iteration of the MAPP process.
DOH-Duval initiated a new community health improvement process in 2016. Local public health system partners joined forces to develop the Duval County CHIP 2017-2019. Utilizing the MAPP framework, the planning team engaged in a comprehensive community health assessment. Results from the assessment were used to identify the following strategic health priorities: Healthy Families and Healthy Babies, Healthiest Weight, Behavioral Health, and Access to Care.
The Duval County CHIP 2017-2019 was released in April 2017 and committees were formed to address each strategic health priority. The Healthy Jacksonville Health Advisory Committee meets regularly to review progress and to discuss emerging challenges and opportunities. As a living document, the Duval County CHIP 2017-2019 will be reviewed and revised annually based on ongoing assessment of the availability of resources and data, community readiness, current progress, and alignment with goals.
Because where we live, work, learn, and play significantly impacts our health and well-being, a place-based approach was adopted for implementation for Duval County’s CHIP. A place-based approach to chronic disease prevention and health promotion focuses on creating healthy neighborhoods so that all residents have the opportunity to reach their full health potential. In order to identify specific neighborhoods within Duval County for targeted health improvement efforts, data was compiled and reviewed at the sub-county level (e.g., zip code and census tract). The result of this process was the identification of two neighborhoods on the Westside of Jacksonville, Hillcrest (census tract 122) and Hyde Park (census tract 126.02), as the focus of health improvement efforts and initiatives.