Healthy Lucas County is a collaboration of community organizations working to improve the health of all residents in Lucas County, Ohio. We’re especially focused on addressing the needs of residents living in low-income areas and lessening health disparities to help everyone live to their fullest potential. Healthy Lucas County is supported by Fostering Healthy Communities, a coalition of ProMedica, Mercy Health and the University of Toledo Medical Center.
Findings from Healthy Lucas County’s latest community health assessment are guiding our health improvement efforts into 2018. Healthy Lucas County currently is concentrating on five priority health issues in the 2015-2018 Lucas County Community Health Improvement Plan, which are outlined in this executive summary, and initiatives are in varying stages of progress:
- weight status
- chronic disease
- youth mental health and bullying
- school readiness
- infant mortality
More than 140 people attended Healthy Lucas County’s community forum and walk on September 15, 2015 to discuss the improvement plan, and here is the presentation from the event. So far, people from more than two dozen organizations are committed to the Healthy Lucas County Challenge.
Addressing Chronic Disease
The Healthy Lucas County chronic disease prevention and management coalition is working to reduce the physical and financial burdens of chronic disease on our community. The project’s priorities include increasing smoke-free environments, improving healthy food choices in corner stores, and helping Toledoans in low-income neighborhoods get connected to medical and social services to improve health outcomes.
The chronic disease prevention and management coalition is partially funded by a three-year Partnerships to Improve Community Health grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The grant was awarded to the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio, and partners include the Toledo-Lucas County Health Department, Live Well Greater Toledo and the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo.
This project is targeting residents of six underserved Toledo ZIP codes as part of its efforts to alleviate health disparities experienced by some minorities, who have a disproportionate amount of preventable disease, disability and death. The infographic below explains how the project’s priorities fit together.