Community Leaders Gather at Final Community Engagement Meetings

By Staff Reports

(Victor Valley)– Community leaders united and discussed their goals wellness in the community and will now work toward making that vision a reality. Leaders met for the final in a series of several Community Vital Signs Community Engagement Meetings concluded last week. The information gathered at the meetings will allow local organizations to better focus efforts and enhance policies to meet the needs of residents. The information will be shared at a November 14 meeting at the National Orange Show.

The Second District hosted a Community Engagement Meeting with Fontana and Rancho Chambers of Commerce in Rancho Cucamonga on Thursday, August 29. That evening, there was a Spanish language meeting at the Mexican Consulate in San Bernardino. Earlier in the week, nearly 100 community leaders gathered in Victorville for August 28’s First District Community Engagement Meeting.

Meetings were held in each San Bernardino County District in July and August. The meetings were part of a collaborative effort by Community Vital Signs to move toward implementing the Wellness Element of the Countywide Vision, including the “Cradle to Career” goal to support the success of every child from cradle to career and establish San Bernardino County as a model in the state where local government, regulatory agencies and communities are truly business friendly. Topics discussed at the meetings included access to health professionals, alcohol/tobacco/drug use, health insurance coverage, homelessness, mental health, and nutrition and access to food.

“We brought together wonderful people and organizations working to improve health in our communities to discuss and develop effective strategies to meet our shared goals,” Board of Supervisors Chair and Second District Supervisor Janice Rutherford said. “I am excited to see the results of the partnerships and collaborations on November 14.”

Community Vital Signs was initiated by the San Bernardino County Departments of Public and Behavioral Health and Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in 2011. Participants include leaders from the City of Rancho Cucamonga, Community Foundation, Community Clinic Association of San Bernardino County, the 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 the county community’s 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.

For additional information, call (909) 387-9146 or visit www.communityvitalsigns.org. Information on the Vision can be found atwww.sbcounty.gov/vision.

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