From 2010 to early 2013, under the leadership of the Pima County Health Department (PCHD), organizations and community members engaged in a comprehensive community health assessment and improvement planning process. The goal of this intensive, community-driven process was to examine the current health needs of Pima County residents and determine how to best address them.
Developing strong and lasting partnerships is fundamental to a healthy community. The Healthy Pima initiative was formed to inspire, lead, and ultimately own the community health assessment and improvement planning process. Healthy Pima currently has over 200 members from government, for-profit, and not-for-profit organizations, representing advocacy, behavioral health, community and faith-based services, health care, education, employers, unions, American Indian communities, and philanthropy. Its members are all invested in the health of our community and have a strong inclination to collaborate and are able to influence others.
The priorities that comprise the Community Health Improvement Plan are: Healthy Lifestyles, Health Literacy, Access to Care, and Health Disparities. Action groups have been formed around these health priorities and have formed work plans, established time lines, developed evaluation benchmarks, and are implementing the Community Health Implementation Plan.
The Healthy Pima initiative is now well into the action phase of our community health assessment and improvement planning process. Currently, the Healthy Pima initiative includes the following action groups: Access to Care, Health Equity, Health Literacy, Healthy Lifestyles (Activate Tucson, Behavioral Health, Employer Wellness Alliance, Youth Tobacco Collaborative, Youth Violence Prevention Coalition).
This initiative is an ongoing community-owned process to address the health priorities of our community. New members are always welcome and needed!