HealthyAssessing our own community’s health is critical for understanding our community’s strengths and opportunities for improvement. With an end goal of creating healthy, connected, vibrant, and well communities, health departments across Virginia are committed to engaging community stakeholders, key organizations, and citizens to come together, review health indicators and determine priorities for focus and improvement.

Beginning in September 2015, the Thomas Jefferson Health District, the University of Virginia’s Department of Public Health Sciences, Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital, and the University of Virginia Health System began collaborating to prepare for the launch of a third round of community health assessment and health improvement planning. Utilizing the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) strategic framework, developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO), planners expect to publish an official, updated technical report and community health improvement plan in December 2017.

To get involved, please contact Putnam Ivey at 434-972-6241 or putnam.ivey@vdh.virginia.gov.