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“We are all public health!” Jefferson County must collectively address the social, economic, environmental and biological factors impacting health to create conditions in which people can be healthy. The goal of Community Matters 20/20: Assessment, Visioning and Planning for a Healthy Jefferson County is to identify the county’s public health concerns, strengths and assets for addressing concerns and collectively implementing strategies to improve community health and quality of life.

Community Matters 20/20 is led by a Steering Committee chaired by Jefferson County’s Health Officer, Mark Wilson, MD, and comprised of community leaders* who have developed the following vision statement for Community Matters 20/20:

“Jefferson County Alabama is an inclusive, thriving community of healthy and connected people.”

This vision statement provides focus, purpose and direction to the community-wide health strategic planning process being conducted by the community with coordination by the Jefferson County Department of Health during 2014. As with all vision statements, this vision statement represents an idealistic view of the future and describes what the community wants to become.

Community Matters 20/20 is using the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) tool to bring together a wide range of groups and individuals living and working in Jefferson County to assess the community’s health, Jefferson County’s local public health system, themes and strengths within the community and the potential forces of change shaping the county. The assessment will guide the creation of a plan for addressing identified health priorities.

Community Matters 20/20 Assessments:

The Complete Health Assessment for Jefferson County, Alabama:
The Community Health Assessment (CHA)

The Individual Assessments:
The Community Health Status Assessment (CHSA)
The Community Themes and Strengths Assessment (CTSA)
The Local Public Health System Assessment (LPHSA)
The Forces of Change Assessment (FOCA)

The Community Health Improvement Plan:
Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)
Community Health Improvement Work Plan
Community Health Improvement Plan 2015/2016 Workplan
Community Health Improvement Plan 2016/2017 Workplan

The Community Health Status Assessment (CHSA) measures the health status of the community. This assessment collects quantitative measures of health status, quality of life and risk factors that influence health. The CHSA is led by Richard Sinsky and Elisabeth Welty. Click here for the CHSA results.

The Community Themes and Strengths Assessment (CTSA) identifies community experiences, opinions and concerns related to health. This assessment gathers information from community members about what is important to the community, how quality of life is perceived and community-based assets that can be used to improve community health using a survey and focus groups. The CTSA spokesperson is Nan Baldwin. Click here for the CTSA results.

The Local Public Health System Assessment (LPHSA) uses the National Public Health Performance Standards Local Instrument to measure how well the local public health system delivers the 10 Essential Public Health Services. This assessment gathers information about the activities, competencies and capacity of the local public health system. The LPHSA spokesperson is Carolyn Dobbs, MD, PhD, MPH. Click here for the LPHSA results.

The Forces of Change Assessment (FOCA) identifies the forces, opportunities and threats that can affect the health of the community and the local public health system both now and in the future. The FOCA spokesperson is Nan Priest. Click here for the FOCA results.

In 2006, the Jefferson County completed the MAPP tool with the support of JCDH. After multiple stakeholder meetings and extensive community engagement, JCDH, in 2007, published Our Community Roadmap to Health, a document outlining the goals for community health. The Jefferson County Health Action Partnership was established in 2007 to accomplish the goals outlined in Our Community Roadmap to Health. Since the Health Action Partnership’s inception six years ago, a strong record of collaborative achievements has been amassed.

On August 15, 2014, the Community Matters 20/20 Steering Committee approved the following five Strategic Issues for improving health in Jefferson County, AL:

  • Reduce Health Disparities Associated with Race, Ethnicity and Economic Status
  • Promote Physical Well-Being through Healthy Lifestyles
  • Optimize the Built Environment, Transportation System and Safety
  • Optimize Healthcare Access, Availability and Utilization
  • Improve Mental Health