By Trudy Raymundo, Director County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health
(Victor Valley)– During the summer of 2013, more than 1,000 community partners and leaders came together to discuss the future health and wellness of San Bernardino County at 23 Community Vital Signs Community Engagement Meetings. We thank everyone that participated in this process for your support and assistance, and for the leadership you will provide as we continue the journey to make the Countywide Vision a reality.
Community Vital Signs, a community health improvement framework, brings together county residents, community organizations, and government agencies to set evidence-based goals and priorities to improve the overall health and well-being of the county’s residents.
The information gathered at these meetings will allow local organizations to develop or enhance systems, programs and policies to better meet the health needs of residents of San Bernardino County. Key findings from the 2013 Community Vital Signs Data Report were presented to community partners to discuss and identify ways to improve wellness in the county. Chief Executive Officer Gregory Devereaux and each member of the County Board of Supervisors participated in the various events. Meetings were attended by representatives from local businesses, education, planning and transportation, health and human services, public safety, elected officials, government and community and faith-based organizations.
The feedback and priorities for action brought forth as a result of this community dialogue provided us the focus for impacting policies and alignment of resources that will improve and sustain education and workforce, attract economic development, and ultimately improve the overall health of our county. This information will be shared at the 2013 Live Well, Age Well Summit on November 14, 2013, at the National Orange Show Events Center. During this day of collaboration, stakeholders will hear from and interact with prominent and innovative speakers, and will receive the first edition of our countywide health assessment, titled, “2013 San Bernardino County: Our Community Vital Signs Report.”
The health crisis in this county was not caused by any single source or sector, and there is no single solution. This Summit is a chance for leaders from all sectors in the community to work together to improve the overall health and well-being of residents based on the key findings presented. I encourage community leaders to participate with us in this critical step towards collectively addressing the future health of San Bernardino County.