Public Health is the science of protecting and improving the health of people and their communities by promoting healthy lifestyles, researching disease and injury prevention, providing immunization services, detecting, preventing, and responding to infectious diseases. The goal of the health department is to improve and protect the health of people living in all of our great city’s neighborhoods, zip codes, and communities. To this end, the department seeks opportunities for improving service, value, and accountability to community members and stakeholders.
In 2014, the department embarked on an ambitious project to achieve a voluntary national accreditation program that would provide a framework to advance quality and performance. The pre-requisites for this program involved four assessments using the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework. MAPP is a community-driven strategic planning tool for improving community health. Facilitated by public health leaders, this tool helps communities apply strategic thinking to prioritize public health issues and identify resources to address them. It is an interactive process that can improve the efficiency, effectiveness, and ultimately the performance of local public health systems. With this model, the department sought to complete a Community Health Assessment, Local Public Health System Assessment, Forces of Change Assessment, and Community Themes and Strengths Survey/Assessment.
The Public Health Accreditation board (PHAB) defines community health assessment as a systematic examination of the health status indicators for a given population that is used to identify key problems and assets in a community. The ultimate goal of a community health assessment is to develop strategies to address the community’s health needs and identified issues.
The Comprehensive Community Health Assessment was completed over several months using multiple assessment tools. The first tool, theLocal Public Health System Assessment, was completed in February 2014 with the input of many community partner organizations. The Local Public Health System Assessment gives a picture of the public health services provided throughout the community, not just by the Garland Health Department. The results of the Local Public Health System Assessment can be viewed at the link below. In January 2018, staff updated and revised the CHA with continuous effort to better understand the health of the population thru a collection of information and data.
Other tools in the CCHA include the Forces of Change Assessment and the Community Health Assessment. Garland Citizens are encouraged to provide input on the Community Themes and Assets survey is available here:
A Community Health Improvement Plan will be revised and will include a list of priorities for improving the health of Garland citizens and a plan of action for addressing those health needs. A Garland Health Department Strategic Plan will direct Health Department and partner organization activities in meeting these improved health goals.
For any comments or input on the CHA, please email firstname.lastname@example.org For more information on the Healthy Garland initiative, contact Ashton Tassin, 972-205-3362 or email@example.com.