The Healthy Community Collaborative (HCC) is a stakeholder group of community partners who have been working together since 2011 to implement strategies identified in the El Paso County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The HCC consists of over 60 representatives from schools, hospitals and health systems, non-profit organizations, city and county government agencies, public health, medical providers, and interested citizens.
Between 2012 and 2017, the HCC worked together to implement activities and proven strategies within partner agencies to address health eating and active living to improve the health of the people of El Paso County. Efforts included activities to increase healthy food options for both adults and children in settings such as schools, worksites, and neighborhoods; to increase opportunities for physical activity; and to promote other behaviors and policies that reduce risk for obesity.
In 2017, the HCC updated its priorities and refreshed its goal statement after reviewing the health, socioeconomic, demographic, and health equity data presented during the Community Health Assessment process.
The vision of the HCC is to increase life expectancy for all in El Paso County by removing barriers that prevent people from achieving optimal health. The HCC will achieve this vision by building an integrated system of community partnerships which puts practices into place that provide people the opportunity to have better health outcomes. The HCC has set two key goals for 2018-2022:
- Goal 1: to reverse the upward trend of obesity across the lifespan by addressing its root causes.
- Goal 2: to decrease the incidence of poor mental health and substance use and misuse.
The HCC will monitor its collective progress in these goal areas through the Thriving Colorado dashboard, which can be found here.
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