The Steering Committee for the Peoria County Community Health Improvement Strategic Planning Initiative recently completed a 12-month community health needs assessment. This strategic planning effort is being facilitated by the Peoria City/County Health Department and has resulted in the identification of four priority community health issues that should be addressed to improve health in Peoria County. The identified priority strategic community health issues include: obesity, oral health, reproductive health and community health system collaboration.

The community health improvement needs assessment process was guided by a local steering committee representing Peoria County’s system of medical providers, social service agencies, civic organizations, elected officials and local health department staff. The needs assessment process included the evaluation of population health data, an assessment of the local community health system, a determination of Peoria County’s resources to improve community health and an appraisal of future factors likely to affect the community’s health.

A brief description of the selected priority community health issues follows:

The Steering Committee is now forming subcommittees to be charged with developing specific plans to address these strategic priority community health issues, identify interventions, work with other community partners and evaluate measures of progress.

An overall goal of the entire process is to maintain the involvement of all of the community health system partners while assuring commitment to achieve measurable results that make a difference in the health and lives of Peoria County residents.

For more info about the Community Health Improvement Plan for Peoria County, call (309) 679-6090. To view the completed assessments or for more info on other public health issues, visit pcchd.org. iBi