Douglas County Community Health Improvement Plan

On October 17, 2013, the Douglas County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) was unveiled to the community. The CHIP is a major new initiative to improve the health of Douglas County residents. The three year plan, which addresses access to health services, obesity and nutrition, behavioral health across the lifespan, and violence safety and injury in children and adolescents, has several ambitious objectives and goals. To reach these goals, community organizations are leading activities for the CHIP. A full list of these activities can be accessed in the CHIP report. Progress updates of the CHIP are reported on a quarterly basis. The full progress report can be requested on an individual basis. 

Priority 1: Access to Health Services Across the Lifespan

Assure access to quality healthcare and public health services across Douglas County by increasing the number of residents who are knowledgeable consumers of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace, and by promoting community-wide strategies to increase health equity through culturally competent and linguistically appropriate service (CLAS) standards and healthcare providers.

Priority 2: Nutrition & Obesity Across the Lifespan

Maximize a supportive nutritional food system and built environment through coordinated nutritional safety net providers, unified strategies, policies and interventions that result in more residents who participate in and access community and supplemental nutritional programs; and safely use the built environment regardless of age, ability, and mode of transportation.

Priority 3: Violence, Safety & Injury Children / Adolescents

Provide a safe and healthy environment to prevent/reduce injury and death due to youth violence, accidents, and traumatic experiences. This would be accomplished by implementing a behavioral health rapid response plan that trains community members on how to intervene to address and prevent violence, and provides routine behavioral health screening for exposure to violence and referral services for all children/adolescents.

Priority 4: Behavioral Health Across the Lifespan

Make sure all citizens know about and have access to a fully integrated system of sufficient behavioral health and primary care services and resources by identifying gaps in the behavioral health workforce; and developing a public plan to inform policy issues that address reimbursement for behavioral health services, and a community-wide behavioral health screening and referral protocol.