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Community Health Improvement Plan

The Community Health Improvement Plan is a living document that contains the objectives and strategies of the Healthy Volusia partnership.

Download the full plan here: Community Health Improvement Plan

Access to Healthcare

According to the County Health Rankings, Volusia County ranks 23 in access to healthcare services.  Healthy Volusia members have committed to improving access to care for Volusia County residents. Currently, there is one primary strategy being worked on while more data are being gathered to better understand the causes of poor access to healthcare.

Objective 1.1 Increase usage of the 211 referral system

Strategy A: Improve the referral system
  • Meet with stakeholders to assess the state of the referral system.
  • Determine what solutions would improve the referral system.
  • Determine funding and resources necessary to improve the referral system.
  • Develop and implement a plan to improve the referral system.
  • Evaluate the results of intervention.
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    Strategy B: Raise awareness of the 211 referral system
  • Meet with stakeholders to assess the market penetration of 211 advertising.
  • Develop and implement intervention to improve market penetration and saturation.
  • Evaluate results of intervention.
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    Strategy C: Encourage organizations to adopt policy for updating their 211 information
  • Meet with stakeholders to determine how effective organizations are at updating their information.
  • Develop and implement intervention to have organizations adopt a policy to update the 211 system regularly.
  • Evaluate results of intervention.
  • Obesity

    The obesity epidemic has spared no state or county in the United States and Volusia County is no different.  Healthy Volusia has decided to work on both preventing obesity in youth and stopping obesity in adults. The following are the goals, objectives and action steps for Healthy Volusia.

    Objective 1.1 Increase the percentage of children who are at a healthy weight by 5 percent in 5 years.

    Strategy A: Increase the number of gardens in elementary schools
    Action Steps
  • Determine cost of school.
  • Meet with stakeholders.
  • Secure funding.
  • Implement gardens.
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    Strategy B: Increase nutrition education in relationship to the community gardens
  • Evaluate garden and diet education materials available.
  • Determine cost of providing education tools.
  • Meet with stakeholders.
  • Implement education in 10 elementary schools.
  • Evaluate results.
  • Raise awareness about success.
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    Strategy C: Remove policies that prohibit students eating from school gardens
  • Determine what policies may prohibit students from eating vegetables from a school garden.
  • Meet with stakeholders.
  • Present to decision-makers.
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    Strategy D: Increase the number of children participating in camp Fun and Fit
  • Meet with County leaders to determine plan for summer 2014.
  • Secure grants or corporate sponsorship.
  • Raise awareness.
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    Strategy E: Increase the number of schools participating in Alliance for a Healthier Generation or USDA Schools Program (Policy Change)
  • Survey what is being implemented.
  • Form work group to determine differences between the two programs, determine which is best for Volusia.
  • Meet with stakeholders to determine how Healthy Volusia can assist.
  • Increase schools participating in either program by 10 percent.
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    Objective 1.2 Increase the percentage of children who are at a healthy weight by 5 percent in 5 years.

    Strategy A: Increase the number of community gardens
  • Meet with UF IFAS Extension agents to determine cost, time and effort required.
  • Find 1 community willing to invest in a community garden.
  • Secure funding or sponsorship for the community garden.
  • Coordinate training of community members.
  • Implement 1 community garden.
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    Strategy B: Increase nutrition education in partnership with community garden
  • Upon locating a community for a community garden, assess knowledge of diet and nutrition.
  • Coordinate with health educators in the community to address deficiencies of knowledge.
  • Evaluate efficacy of education.
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    Strategy C: Change policy prohibiting EBT SNAP at farmer's markets
  • Assess number and location of EBT SNAP vendors that provide fresh produce.
  • Meet with major farmer's markets leadership to determine roadblocks to accepting SNAP.
  • Assess possibility of changing policy.
  • Ask decision makers to make change