Community Vital Signs Initiative Launched

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– The County of San Bernardino and community partners are launching a community-driven effort to es-tablish a health improvement framework in San Bernardino County. Community Vital Signs is intended to implement the Wellness Element of the Countywide Vision by setting evidence-based goals and pri-orities for actions that encompass policy, education, environment and systems change to ensure quality of life, improve and sustain education and workforce and attract economic development.

Community Vital Signs will provide an in-depth analysis of the current health of the County and develop the goals and priorities needed to align with national and statewide efforts through Healthy People 2020 and Healthy California 2020. The resources gathered will allow local organizations to develop or enhance programs and policies to better meet the healthy needs of residents of San Bernardino County.

“As our Community Vital Signs Vision states, we envision a county where a commitment to optimizing health and wellness is embedded in all decisions by residents, organizations and government,” said Maxwell Ohikhuare, MD, Health Officer, County of San Bernardino. “Launching this initiative is the first official step in reaching that goal.”

Originally initiated by San Bernardino County Departments of Public and Behavioral Health and Arrow-head Regional Medical Center in 2011, Community Vital Signs has become a community initiative benefiting from the collective knowledge and expertise of a number of community leaders who serve on the Steering Committee. Participants include leaders from City of Rancho Cucamonga, Community Foundation, Community Clinic Association of San Bernardino County, Behavioral Health Commission, County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health, ESRI, Hospital Assoc. of Southern Calif., Inland Empire Health Info. Exchange, Kaiser Permanente, Kids Come First, Latino Health Collaborative, Lewis Group of Companies, LF Leadership, Loma Linda University, Queensland Group, Inc., Reach Out, San Bernardino Associated Governments, San Bernardino County In-Home Supportive Services and Claremont Graduate University School of Community & Global Health.

A Stakeholder’s Summit has been scheduled for July 10, 2013. Community leaders are invited to share input and help Community Vital Signs shape a collective strategy for improving the wellness of San Bernardino County. This meeting will set the stage for action-driven priorities and measurable results. More community engagement meetings and a second Stakeholder’s Summit will follow in the coming months, including a collaborative meeting with representatives from the CDC.

As San Bernardino County’s Countywide Vision progresses, Community Vital Signs will continue to align individual, state and national efforts to support collective impact, engage our community and establish goals, strategies and measures for achieving wellness in our County.

The Community Vital Signs initiative is a key component of the Countywide Vision Wellness Element and our effort to achieve the Vision. Community Vital Signs is a community health improvement frame-work developed through the collaborative efforts of county residents, community organizations, and government agencies. It sets evidence-based goals and priorities that align and leverage our resources to improve the overall health and well-being of the county’s residents.

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