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Community Health Planning and Statistics

Florida Department of Health in Osceola County

Aspire Health Partners, Florida Hospital, Orlando Health, South Lake Hospital, Lake, Orange, Osceola and Seminole County Health Departments formed “The Central Florida Community Benefit Collaboration” (The Collaboration). To provide a broad perspective of the region’s health needs. Their vision statement is:

To promote and inspire a culture of health by collaborating with traditional and nontraditional partners, ensuring access to healthcare resources, developing evidence-based programs and advancing health equity throughout the Central Florida region.

 The purpose of the required Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is to determine Public Health priorities for the next 3-5 years.  As a best practice for Health Assessments and planning, the county health departments use Mobilize for Action through Planning and Partnership (MAPP) which was developed by the National Association for City and County Health Officials (NACCHO) as the framework of our assessment.

The findings from The Collaboration’s assessment demonstrates the need for improvement in social determinants of health, health status, access to care and built environment elements across the 4 counties.  The 4 county areas fall short of the Healthy People 2020 (HP2020). Disparities in access and preventative care as well as food access demonstrate the need for a concerted effort to achieve health equity and overall improvement for the entire 4 county area’s population.  Health disparities is defined as differences in health outcomes between groups that reflect social inequities.

The CHNA aims to guide efforts toward changing the aspects of the environment that have caused diagnoses that are making our community unhealthy.  Healthy communities are associated with higher rates of education, which benefits employers and employees.  Healthier communities help grow a more productive workforce, fueling the economy and attract more talented employees and healthier customers which can also benefit the economy.

The CHNA lead to the development of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) which can be accessed here.  CHIP (PDF 1.3 MB) 

SNAPSHOT (PDF 5MB) of Osceola County statistics.