How to be a Partner in Implementing the
Washington State Plan for

Healthy Communities

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Executive Summary

A healthier Washington delivers healthier students to our schools, healthier workers to our employers, and healthier patients to our health care system. Goals for The Washington State Plan for Healthy Communities are to increase the number of Washingtonians who are healthy at every stage of life and to achieve health equity by eliminating health disparities.

Chronic disease exacts a toll in medical costs and lost productivity in our state, including $10 billion annually from cancer, more than $4 billion from heart disease, and more than $8 billion from stroke. This cost burden is expected to rise as the prevalence of chronic disease and related risk factors increases, along with our aging population.

The circumstances in which we are born, grow, work and age are at the root cause of health. Addressing these circumstances to affect health requires close work with partners at local, state and national levels. We hope that the strategies and objectives detailed here will provide a guide for cross-programmatic planning and policy development as well as laying groundwork for more coordination of efforts to prevent and manage chronic disease and risk factors.

How to Help

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Work with local planners to increase safe routes to schools and increase overall community walkability.

Incorporate disease management tools and prompts into electronic medical record systems.

Refer patients with chronic diseases to self-care management education programs in the community.

Partner with businesses to provide wellness and health promotion programs for employees.

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Purchase and serve locally grown and healthy foods for school lunch programs.

Connect covered employees to smoking cessation services and encourage everyone to use preventive health benefits.

Connect those served by the organization with community-based prevention and self-management resources.

Participate in special events and encourage wellness in monthly observances.

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Support initiatives that reinforce healthy lifestyles for constituents.

Collaborate with community-based coalitions.

Educate policy makers on the importance of preventing and managing chronic disease. Encourage your children to be active and be active with them.

An Outline of the

Approaches to the Work

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Gather, analyze and share data and information. Evaluate programs and population health.

Strategy 1:
Develop new assessments and systems.
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Strategy 2:
Use data to monitor population health, including information about disparately affected populations.
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Strategy 3:
Evaluate interventions, programs and activities.
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Strategy 4:
Obtain and prioritize sustainable funding sources for surveillance and evaluation activities.
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Commit to environmental activities that promote health and reinforce healthful behaviors in schools, work sites and communities across Washington. Focus on improvements in social and physical environments that make healthy behaviors easier and more convenient for Washingtonians.

Strategy 1:
Increase access to safe and affordable physical activity where people work, learn, live, play and worship.
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Strategy 2:
Reduce tobacco and alcohol advertising, promotions and product placement, and enforce youth access laws for these products.
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Strategy 3:
Increase the number of places that protect employees, customers, patrons and others from second-hand smoke.
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Strategy 4:
Increase access to healthy foods and beverages (including breastfeeding) where people work, learn, live, play and worship.
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Strategy 5:
Establish sustainable funding for prevention.
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Strategy 6:
Develop and enhance systems and policies to support sexual and reproductive health to increase access and timeliness of preventive care, screening and treatment.
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Strategy 7:
Increase social connectedness, healthy relationships, violence-free environments and community engagement across the life span.
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Strategy 8:
Cultivate state and local leadership coalitions and community engagements to develop community-informed interventions, organizational structures and supports to address health inequities.
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Implement strategies that improve the effective delivery and use of clinical and other preventive services to prevent disease, detect disease early, reduce or eliminate risk factors and mitigate or manage complications.

Strategy 1:
Enhance and maintain health systems to increase timely access to preventive care, screening and treatment.
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Strategy 2:
Promote and provide support to build capacity and availability of health care, education, resources and services.
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Strategy 3:
Establish a mechanism for reimbursement of comprehensive tobacco cessation services and substance abuse and mental and behavioral health treatment.
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Strategy 4:
Improve the knowledge and ability of health care professionals to deliver comprehensive evidence-based services including integrated mental health and chemical dependency screening and interventions from preconception to end of life.
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Strategy 5:
Promote early identification of behavioral health issues and access to quality behavioral health services across the life span.
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Strategy 6:
Promote delivery of health care services that are culturally and linguistically appropriate and acceptable for the population being served.
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Strategy 7:
Increase public and health professional awareness of the importance of screening and follow-up.
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Implement strategies to improve partnerships between clinical service providers and community-based organizations so that communities support and clinics refer patients to programs that improve management of chronic conditions.

Strategy 1:
Enhance capacity, infrastructure and leadership of community-based organizations that serve socially disadvantaged populations to provide the support necessary to maintain positive mental and physical well-being.
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Strategy 2:
Support linkage of clinical and community prevention efforts to mobilize services, resources and self-management programs from prevention to intervention.
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Strategy 3:
Support payment reform to reduce patient out-of-pocket costs and provider reimbursement for prevention.
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Strategy 4:
Develop and disseminate health education that is scientifically accurate, age-appropriate, culturally and linguistically suitable for the public, health professionals, and local and state decision makers.
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