Douglas County CCO Community Advisory Council to host June 11 meeting

Progress on the 2014 Community Health Improvement Plan will be discussed

ROSEBURG, Ore. – Umpqua Health Alliance’s Community Advisory Council (CAC) is hosting a meeting that is open to the public the second week of June to discuss progress on the 2014 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), which was released one year ago.

The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 11 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Cow Creek Health and Wellness Center-South, which is located at 480 Wartahoo Lane in Canyonville, Ore.

“We’ve made significant progress on the Community Health Improvement Plan and are excited to provide an update on our efforts,” said Paul Morgan, Chair of the Umpqua Health Alliance CAC. “This meeting will allow us to bring our community up to speed and gather feedback on how we can continue working together to improve the health of Douglas County.”

The 2014 CHIP identified five general focus areas, which are access, addictions, mental health, parents and children, and healthy lifestyles. These key health issues emerged as priorities from the 2013 Douglas County Community Health Assessment, focus groups, surveys and various meetings that the CAC conducted in collaboration with several community organizations.

One initiative that was implemented in 2014 was Kick Start Douglas County (KSDC), a community collaboration that sponsors free and low-cost events to promote exercise and healthy living. KSDC was created to increase access to activities that support healthy lifestyles, which is one of the CHIP’s key focus areas. The 2015 Kick Start Douglas County wellness program kicked off June 1 and will continue throughout the summer. Visitwww.KickStartDC.com for more information.

The 2014 CHIP for Douglas County meets requirements from the Oregon Health Authority and Public Health Accreditation. To review the full Community Health Improvement Plan, visit www.umpquahealthalliance.org, call 541-464-6291 or stop by any Douglas County library.

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