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Community Health Assessment

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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.

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

Finally, we work with many other groups, organizations and agencies to share this information. 

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.

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 injures.
  • 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 our guide for the next 5 years as we work to improve your health outcomes. We don't do it alone. Please join us!

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