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Community Health Planning and Statistics

Florida Department of Health in Indian River County

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    1900 27th Street 

    Vero Beach, FL 32960 


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Community Health Planning and Statistics 

Community Health Planning
Florida Department of Health in Indian River County (DOH-Indian River) is committed to improving the health and wellness of those in Indian River County. Tools we utilize to assist in our improvement efforts include the Community Health Assessment for Indian River County (CHA), completed in 2020. The CHA is a comprehensive, county-wide assessment used to assess the health needs in Indian River County. This collaborative effort with community stakeholders and partners is part of an ongoing broader community health improvement process.

The Indian River County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) was finalized in 2021. The plan is the product of continuous improvement through diverse partner engagement. A broad spectrum of stakeholders dedicated time, energy and resources to creating an actionable five-year plan for Indian River County with the hope of improving the quality of life of residents in Indian River County. The participation and dedication of these individuals, as advocates for their agencies and the populations they serve, brings tremendous value to the community health improvement planning process and through their collaboration with the Department of Health in Indian River and participation in working groups advances implementation of the action plans outlined in the CHIP.

A community health improvement process uses CHA data to identify priority issues, develop and implement strategies for action, and establish accountability to ensure measurable health improvement, which is then outlined in a CHIP.

In 2018, a new DOH-Indian River Strategic Plan was developed as a result of our community health planning endeavors. A Strategic Plan is used to communicate within an organization, the organization's goals and the actions needed to achieve those goals.  In September 2020, the DOH-Indian River Strategic Plan Annual Report was completed, which shows progress of the goals outlined within the Strategic Plan. We continue to revise and use these plans to help guide our ongoing efforts to improve the health and wellness of those in our county.

Assessing and Improving Walkability in Indian River County

In early 2018, Florida Department of Health in Indian River County, in partnership with the Environmental Learning Center (ELC), created a community-wide survey to assess the walkability of Indian River County. This collaboration is a product of the county Community Health Improvement Plan, which brings together community partners to address the greatest health concerns facing our community. One such concern is the epidemic of obesity and overweight, and the chronic diseases that stem from this growing problem. Increasing physical activity is one of the most important actions people can take to achieve a healthy weight and improve overall health. Often times, however, people find it difficult to maintain a minimum level of physical activity because many communities are not designed around pedestrians; in other words, they are not “walkable,” so residents find little opportunity to increase their activity levels. The results of this walkability survey will help identify barriers to walking and physical activity throughout Indian River County, find solutions to barriers, and can be used to craft new policies and recommendations with walkability as a priority.

The Florida Department of Health Florida Community Health Assessment Resource Tool Set (FL Health CHARTS) webpage is a one-stop-site for Florida public health statistics and community health data, providing statistical data for a wide variety of health indicators in Florida, including:

  • Communicable Diseases
  • Chronic Diseases
  • Maternal and Child Health
  • Environmental Health
  • Injury & Violence
  • Social and Mental Health
  • Health Resources Availability
  • Population Characteristics

Florida CHARTS also has county and state profile reports, community tools and data inquiries.  Visit FL Health CHARTS to find health data and statistics for your community.

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