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