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Plan to improve health of Orange County community available for public comment

On behalf of the Orange County Health Improvement Partnership (HIP), the OC Health Care Agency announces the availability of the 2020-22 Orange County Health Improvement Plan for public review and comment at www.ochealthiertogether.org through January 20, 2020. The plan lays out assessments, goals, objectives and strategies for six priority areas over the next three years.

The health of the Orange County (OC) community continues to fare well compared to other California counties. The County Health Rankings (www.countyhealthrankings.org) ranks OC the 5th healthiest county in California. Despite that, there are some troubling trends that impact local communities.

The following are a few findings from the Orange County Health Improvement Plan:

  • Babies born just miles apart in OC can face up to a 7-year difference in life expectancy.
  • OC’s older adult population will nearly double by 2040 when almost 1 in 4 residents will be 65 or older.
  • 1 in 5 OC adults is obese and more than 50% are overweight.
  • Mirroring national trends, rates of Sexually Transmitted Infections have increased dramatically over the past 10 years.

The HIP identified that improving health in OC requires a close look at the conditions that create health inequities. To that end, two of the six focus areas in this plan address overall system issues: Social Determinants of Health, and Access and System Navigation. The remaining four areas highlight health topics identified as the most pressing to work on in the next three years: Health Promotion and Disease Prevention; Mental Health and Substance Use; Older Adult Health; and Sexual Health.

The HIP consists of more than 35 public and private sector organizations that work together through a countywide initiative called Orange County’s Healthier Together to improve the health of everyone who lives, works and plays in Orange County.

This article was released by the Orange County Health Care Agency.