By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– Community leaders will have a chance to impact the future health and wellness of San Bernardino County residents during the Community Vital Signs Stakeholders’ Summit on July 10, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the National Orange Show Valencia Ballroom in San Bernardino. The summit will be a community-driven effort by the County of San Bernardino and community partners to identify ways to improve wellness in the county. Chief Executive Officer Gregory Devereaux and Janice Rutherford, Chair Board of Supervisors will speak at the event.
Discussion topics at the event will include access to health professionals, alcohol/tobacco/drug use, health insurance coverage, homelessness, mental health, and nutrition and access to food.
The event is part of Community Vital Signs, a collaborative effort to implement the Wellness Element of the Countywide Vision. It will set evidence-based goals and priorities for actions that will impact policy, education, environment and improve and sustain education and workforce and attract economic development. The goal is to provide an analysis of the current health of the County and develop the goals and priorities needed to align with national and statewide efforts. The information gathered by Community Vital Signs will allow local organizations to better focus efforts and enhance policies to meet the needs of residents.
There will be additional community meetings and a second Stakeholder’s Summit in the coming months.
“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.”
Initiated by San Bernardino County Departments of Public and Behavioral Health and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in 2011, Community Vital Signs 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.
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 framework 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.