our community's health priorities

The Statistics:

Lifespan within Douglas County varies by as much as 12 years, depending on which ZIP Code you live in.

1 in 6 of Douglas County residents report having to limit their daily activity due to emotional, physical or mental issues. That’s enough people to fill the CenturyLink Center three times.

78% of early deaths in Douglas County are linked to preventable chronic diseases including heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

The Priorities:

Two efforts are working in tandem across Douglas County to create a healthier community – the Accountable Health Community and the Douglas County Community Health Improvement Plan. Together these efforts are tackling health at both a place-based approach and a macro-systems approach.

Accountable Health Community (AHC):

ZIP Code is a larger determinant of health than our genetic code and thus the AHC is working, as a coalition, to address the socioeconomic conditions that impact health starting with 9 key factors that impact health.

Current priorities include:

  1. Access to healthy foods
  2. Access to preventive care
  3. Healthy housing
  4. Safe communities

A diverse multi-sector coalition of health-related organizations and new partners from legal services, housing, etc are coming together to ask our community to do business differently when it comes to health. Stay tuned as results-based measures are selected by the coalition and each of these priorities moves into action.

Douglas County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP):

Area health systems, federally qualified health centers, and additional funders come together every three years to collaboratively fund a community health needs assessment survey of area residents. The community then prioritizes the issues to tackle solutions together.

Current priorities include:

  1. Access to health services
  2. Nutrition and obesity across the lifespan
  3. Violence, safety, and injury
  4. Behavioral and mental health

Key socioeconomic, illnesses and diseases burden key geographies of our community and thus the CHIP brings together agency leaders, health systems.