Last week at the San Marino Club in Troy, I attended the launch of a new program through Oakland County to improve the health of those living in our community. Over 200 partner organizations, healthcare providers, community leaders and businesses gather to hear about the plan that County Executive L. Brooks Patterson talked about in his 2016 State of the County address.
“Imagine what the results will be when we all come together to improve the health of our employees, our residents, and our families,” Patterson said, “It will be a game changer. This call to action will move the needle forward on health in Oakland County. Working together, I am confident we will improve the overall health here in Oakland County.”
The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) was developed from a comprehensive county-wide Community Health Assessment (CHA) conducted by Energizing Connections for Healthier Oakland (ECHO) throughout 2015. ECHO is a county-wide health improvement initiative convened by Oakland County Health Division that is focused on achieving a community where every person that lives, works, attends school, worships, or plays in Oakland County is a healthy person.
There are many things I found out about the Oakland County community from a walking “quiz” we were put through as soon as we arrived at the event in Troy. Some things I learned include:
- Almost 79% of adults in Oakland County are eating less than the recommended five servings of fruit and vegetables a day.
- Obesity was the number one health concern of all ECHO Community Survey respondents.
- A little over 20% of adults in Oakland County report no physical activity in their leisure time.
- 42% of the population in Oakland County lives within a half mile of a park, which rates below the median for counties in the United States.
- The leading cause of death in Oakland County is heart disease.
- Increase access to and consumption of healthy foods
- Increase the number of children and adults who lead active lifestyles
- Foster improvements in the built environment to create more connected, livable communities
- Improve access to affordable health care
- Improve health data and information sharing
For more information on this program please visit their website www.oakgov.com/health and select the ECHO banner or email firstname.lastname@example.org.