Community Health Assessment & Health Equity

Community Health Assessment Update

The Department of Public Health, in collaboration with Community Vital Signs (CVS), will produce an updated Community Health Assessment (CHA) by January 1, 2020.

Prioritization of Health Equity Issues

The Department of Public Health, using the Community Health Assessment (CHA), will prioritize at least three health equity issues to address by June 30, 2020

Why is this important?

Health equity means everyone has a fair and just opportunity to be healthier. No matter who we are, where we live or how much money we make, we should all have the same opportunities to live a longer and healthier life¹. To achieve this, we must first identify the inequities within our county and work collectively to remove obstacles to health.
Our department partners with the Community Vital Signs Initiative, a community-wide collaborative created to improve the health of all county residents². The collaborative is made up of community leaders and decision makers from different sectors across the county including safety, education, health and many more. The Community Vital Signs Initiative is also responsible for maintaining an up-to-date countywide health assessment called the San Bernardino County Our Community Vital Signs Report. The assessment tells us the needs of our county and if there are any inequities in our communities that we need to talk about.

What are we working on?

After the Community Vital Signs Report is completed, the Community Vital Signs Initiative will create a Community Transformation Plan in response to the needs identified in the assessment. The plan will bring different community representatives together to collectively put into action goals and objectives that will help transform San Bernardino County into a healthier place to live, work, learn and play.
We will also review the countywide assessment data to select at least three health equity issue areas the department will address over the next five years. This work will be in alignment with the Community Transformation Plan and the DPH Strategic Plan.

How are we doing?

Action plans with major activities were created for each objective. After the countywide assessment is completed by January 1, 2020, the department will begin selection of health equity issue areas.

What can you do?

Learn more about health inequities in your communities and speak up! Work collectively with your community to help break down barriers to health and get involved with the Community Vital Signs Initiative.

Want more information?

Click here to learn more about the Community Vital Signs Initiative

Last Update: 01/28/2020