The 2011-2015 Strategic Plan has at its core three initiatives: empower the community, enhance community health and safety through prevention, and improve access to care. The plan proposes a novel systems integration to carry these initiatives forward for Monterey County with a focus on prevention that advocates Health in All Policies (HiAP), a “whole government” approach to health. HiAP acknowledges that health and well-being are influenced by government sectors other than the health sector alone. By considering health impacts across all policy domains — such as agriculture, education, the environment, fiscal and planning policies, housing, and transportation — a community’s health can be improved and the growing economic burden of the health care system can be reduced.
In preparing this Strategic Plan, the Strategic Planning Committee presented health assessments and disparities analysis to more than 500 residents throughout the county over six months (English presentation, Spanish presentation, Govt/Business Presentation). Extensive community input was collected and analyzed, yielding distinct regional concerns, strengths, challenges, and solutions. For that reason, the Committee determined a regional approach to service delivery will increase access to care for more residents, reduce our documented health disparities, and provide health care and prevention services that address our specific, regional needs. Since the plan was approved by the Board of Supervisors in December 2011, MCHD has developed or aligned numerous programs with the initiatives and regional approach.
Guidance for implementation of the Strategic Plan is provided by a Strategic Plan Implementation Team (iTeam) composed of staff from across MCHD. This guidance is used by the Planning, Evaluation, and Policy (PEP) unit of MCHD to carry out Strategic Plan implementation-related activities that support the goal of achieving health equity across the county using a regional approach. In addition, PEP staff provides health equity-related training for staff and partners, creates processes for coordinating cross-Bureau activities, and coordinates or participates in efforts around the initiatives with other county agencies and nonprofit partners.
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