Prince William Health District Receives a Multi-Year Chronic Disease Grant
In September of 2014, the Prince William Health District was awarded a 4-year federal grant which focuses on chronic disease prevention, specifically adult obesity, diabetes, and heart disease. The grant includes two main components, each focusing on a different area of chronic disease prevention.
Component 1 focuses on environmental approaches to promote and reinforce healthy behaviors. In an effort to make the healthy choice the easier choice, the focus of this component is to increase access and availability of nutritious foods and opportunities to increase physical activity. Some of the current activities include:
Component 2 focuses on health system interventions and community-clinical links to improve the quality of health care delivery in the Greater Prince William Area. The majority of the efforts are supported by the development of a Community Health Worker Network (CHWN). Some of the current activities include:
The 2014 GPWA Childhood Obesity Trend Report is an annual report compiled by the Price William Health District to summarize trends in local and national data related to childhood obesity. This trend report examines data related to childhood such as: obesity, nutrition, physical activity, sleep, and youth perceptions related to weight. The trends identified over time will help to guide community stakeholders in planning, implementing, and evaluating programs that address this significant public health issue.
In July, 2013 the Prince William Health District was awarded a Potomac Health Foundation grant to implement strategies to reduce breast cancer mortality. During the first year of the grant, the B.E.A.T Cancer Coalition was convened and tasked with conducting a needs assessment in order to establish implementation strategies to address identified priority breast health needs in the community. This gap analysis has attempted to briefly address the myriad and complex factors affecting the underserved / underinsured women of the Prince William Health District. These factors include access to healthcare, psychosocial factors (fear, denial, mistrust) and socioeconomic factors (transportation, childcare, food and nutrition). The Coalition has begun its second year of work and will soon finalize a resource guide to help the community as well as healthcare providers locate various needed services related to breast care.
The 2013 Greater Prince William Area (GPWA) Community Health Assessment presents a detailed picture of public health through review of results from a Health Check survey of GPWA residents; input from community partners and stakeholders; data from local, state and national sources; and existing community assets and resources. This assessment will help to guide the GPWA’s health improvement efforts, including development of a Community Health Improvement Plan to address identified priority public health issues. Additionally, the assessment report is intended to aid community organizations that contribute to the local public health system, and whose work impacts public health issues, by providing them with concrete data about health topics that are important to our community.
Greater Prince William Area Community Health Improvement Plan
Following release of the 2013 Greater Prince William Area (GPWA) Community Health Assessment, further input was sought from community partners and the public to prioritize the health issues that had been identified by the assessment. By a consistent majority, participants of these discussions selected mental health and obesity as priority public health issues for the GPWA.
Two groups of relevant community partners were assembled to discuss the potential for collaborative efforts addressing mental health and obesity. Through subsequent partner meetings, these two priority areas were further narrowed to focus on youth emotional well-being and childhood obesity. A community-wide plan was developed to address these focus areas.
The overarching goals of this GPWA Community Health Improvement Plan are:
As a companion document to the GPWA Community Health Assessment, the GPWA Community Health Improvement Plan provides a framework for organized community efforts to address youth emotional well-being and childhood obesity and to monitor progress towards meeting the Plan’s stated goals and objectives.
Over a five-year period, from 2014 to 2019, members of the Youth Emotional Well-being and Childhood Obesity initiatives will work towards implementation of defined strategies and action steps. Collaboration has been and continues to be essential to make meaningful improvements in these two areas and will require ongoing engagement by all relevant community partners and stakeholders as well as broad community support. Community members are encouraged to become involved in these efforts so that, together, we can create a healthier Greater Prince William Area.
For more information, or to participate in the implementation of the GPWA Community Health Improvement Plan, please call 703-792-6648.