Plan to Improve Health of Orange County Community
Available for Public Comment
(Santa Ana, CA) – On behalf of the Orange County Health Improvement Partnership (HIP), the Health Care Agency announces the availability of the 2017-19 Orange County Health Improvement Plan for public review and comment at www.ochealthiertogether.org through December 16, 2016. The plan lays out assessments, goals, objectives and strategies for addressing the priority health areas and overall public health system over the next three years.
The health of the Orange County community continues to fare well compared to other California counties; the County Health Rankings ranked Orange County the 4th healthiest county in California. Despite that, issues such as increasing rates of diabetes, increasing rates of Alzheimer’s disease in a growing older adult population and disparities in health outcomes for different communities has prompted more targeted efforts.
The following are a few findings from the Orange County Health Improvement Plan:
- Orange County’s older adult population will nearly double by 2040 when almost 1 in 4 residents will be 65 or older.
- Nearly 1 in 6 Orange County students in 5th grade is obese.
- Rates of diabetes have increased by 22% between 2005 and 2014.
- Emergency Room rates due to opioid overdoses have more than doubled since 2006.
The 2017-19 plan builds off the inaugural 2014-16 plan and continues efforts in four priority health areas: 1) infant and child health; 2) older adult health; 3) obesity and diabetes; and 4) mental health and substance use. Three new areas of interest have been identified for exploration: 1) access to health care; 2) oral health and 3) social determinants of health such as economic stability, affordable housing, access to education, and public safety.
The HIP consists of over 35 public and private sector organizations that work together through a countywide initiative called Orange County’s Healthier Together to improve the health of everyone who lives, works and plays in Orange County.
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