Local Health Department Collaboration with Community Organizations
Local health departments protect, maintain, and promote community health, productivity, and well-being, and local organizations can help them provide services to vulnerable and at-risk populations. When local health departments and community organizations work together, crucial information and resources are more likely to reach the people who need it most.
The 2013 NACCHO Profile Survey defined collaborating as the exchange of information, altering of activities, sharing of resources, or enhancement of the partner’s capacity for mutual benefit and common purpose. The survey measured how many health departments collaborated with community organizations in at least four types of public health programs areas, including:
- Emergency preparedness
- Food safety
- Maternal and child health
- Community health assessment and planning
- Communicable/infectious disease or chronic disease
- Land use
- Environmental health
Source: NACCHO Profile Survey, 2013
Opportunities to Improve Health for Youth at Schools
For many U.S. families, getting school-aged children the right care poses financial and logistical stress. School-based health centers (SBHCs) that offer primary care, as well as mental health and social services, are often the only link to routine health services for children living in poverty.
School districts can take an active role in the health of their students through programs like Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child, a partnership of the Alliance of Supervision and Curriculum Development and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The School-Based Health Alliance Census of School-Based Health Centers provides data about SBHC demographics, services, financing, policies, and prevention activities.
Business Support for Workplace Health Promotion
For many adults, a significant portion of their day is spent at work. Companies that support the health and well-being of their employees can have a positive impact on individuals, corporate culture, and the wider community. Research suggests that workplace health programs and policies can lead to workers’ increased health awareness, disease detection, medical referrals and creation of programs tailored to employee needs.
The Employee Health Management Best Practices Scorecard identifies effective workplace wellness initiatives and programs, such as:
- Prioritizing safety in the work environment
- Tobacco-free workplaces;
- Healthy food options; and
- Encouraging physical activity in the work environment.