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You talk, we act 

Every 5 years, we step back and ask what the most important health issues and needs are for Pierce County residents. We look at a wide range of data. We work with many other groups, organizations and agencies.

Then we listen. Carefully. To lots of you. And, in different ways.

Finally, we share this information and work with our partners to address it. 

Our plan to improve the community's health

In 2014, we heard from many Pierce County residents and organizations during our Community Health Assessment (CHA). You told us the top 5 issues facing the county were:

  • Mental health.
  • Substance abuse.
  • Health disparities.
  • Access to quality health care and services.
  • Protecting and improving the environment.

We learned you were most worried about 3 of these:

  • Mental health.
  • Access to quality health care and preventive services.
  • Chronic disease prevention.

Armed with that info, we formed the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

That plan took us in several new directions:

CHA findings

Your great ideas in action

Five years later, there's a new CHA. Here is the Executive Summary.

You told us you need these things to improve your health:

  • Access to healthcare. Especially mental health and substance abuse services.
  • People are dying before their time. Premature death from injuries.
  • Access to healthy food.
  • Safe, reliable and affordable housing.
  • Ways to get around.
  • Equitable access to community resources.
  • Friends and support. 

We are now sharing  these with residents and our community partners. 

Then, toward the end of the year, we’ll develop our new CHIP. That plan will be the community's guide for the next 5 years as we work to improve your health outcomes.

We don’t do it alone. Please join us! Contact CHIP Coordinator Karen Meyer by email or at (253) 961-4803.