The community health improvement process includes a cycle of health status needs assessments and improvement plans that guide population health improvement in the District.
Explore the recently lauched DC Community Health Needs Assessment, an online, interative website that describes the District's health status and context around residents' lived experiences.
The current DC Healthy People 2020 framework, action plan and data dashboard show how DC Health and partners set goals and objectives and monitor progress toward targets for important population health outcomes.
There are continuous opportunities for residents and partners to get involved in the process. Amplify your voice in the community health improvement process and the forthcoming development of DC Healthy People 2030 by joining Our Healthy DC, an online tool where you can guide the conversation.
DC HP2020 Development Process
- Bring traditional and non-traditional stakeholders to the table to facilitate coordination and improve population health using social determinants of health and a health equity framework.
- Improve coordination of planning, community engagement, and health programs/services provided in DC.
- Identify policies that support health outcomes.
Six working groups, with representation from over 30 stakeholder organizations and DC Health, were formed in 2015 to finalize objectives, set targets, evaluate appropriate strategies, and create a shared community agenda (DC Healthy People 2020 Framework). Community input was incorporated into the framework. Since the release of the framework, a smaller Advisory Committee was formed (December 2017) to continue to support monitoring and implementation, identify emerging issues, and support data infrastructure improvements. Community engagement is a key tenet of this process and is solicited on an ongoing basis as well as through community surveys, strategic events, and forums.