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The Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How's of this Process.

Who? 
You, community residents, Plumas County Public Health staff, Plumas County public officials, Eastern Plumas Health Care, Plumas District Hospital, the Greenville Rancheria, Seneca Healthcare District, social services organizations, community benefit organizations, and many more! 

What? 
The Plumas County Community Health Assessment (CHA) is a report on the status of the health and wellbeing of Plumas County residents during 2013-2016, and is an update to similar work completed in 2012. The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is a plan-for-action developed by a partnership of community agencies, organizations, and health care providers.

Where? 
The CHA process involves participation from communities across Plumas County. Town Hall Meetings were held in the communities of Chester, Graeagle, Greenville, Portola, and Quincy. Focus groups and key informant interviews were conducted with groups and individuals from across the county.

When? 
This project originally started summer 2011. The most recent update to this work began in the fall of 2015. 

Why do a Health Assessment and Improvement Plan? 
• Engage community members in health issues 
• To understand health disparities in the community 
• To differentiate the needs of various communities within the county 
• To strengthen opportunities to compete for funding opportunities 
• To collaborate with partners and meet new partners 
• To establish health priorities and promote action to achieve them 

Purpose?
We are starting with an assessment to understand the health issues of residents. We’re gathering information from many sources including the Town Hall meetings. From this information and your opinions, we will create a plan that outlines the key health issues, identifies priorities for improvement, and lays out the steps we will take and who will be responsible. 

How?
Utilizing the model of Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships developed by NACCHO, we will follow a structured process to assess and prioritize needs, develop and implement measures, evaluate the plans and continuously improve the process. 

Contact
For more information about the project please contact Mimi Hall: 283-6337. 

Social Determinants of Health: 
Why is it important to discuss what affects health and how we can improve these factors? 
Health begins where we live, work and play, in our schools homes and jobs. According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, “All Americans should have the opportunity to make the choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life, regardless of their income, education or ethnic background.” 

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