After completing the community health assessment, a group was convened to identify the top priority areas for improvement planning based on the data in the assessment. This group included members from the Tuolumne County Chamber of Commerce, the tribe of Tuolumne Me Wuk Indians, Tuolumne County Human Services Agency, Sonora Regional Medical Center, Tuolumne County Administration, Sierra Emergency Medicine, Amador Tuolumne Community Action Agency, and Sonora Area Foundation.
The group identified the following overarching goal: To successfully decrease Tuolumne County’s chronic disease rate, which is the highest in the state, by inspiring the community to work together in (1) creating rich and nourishing environments so that children will thrive and be healthy, (2) encouraging and assisting community residents to overcome their difficulties with substance use issues, and (3) increasing quality access to primary health care providers.
The intent of this work is to develop a community health improvement plan which addresses these three priority areas with public input and multisectoral collaboration. Stay tuned to learn more about the development of this plan.
Measures of Success for this work:
- Increased access to local primary care providers
- Decreased chronic disease
- Stronger resilience
- More civic engagement and volunteerism
- More open space and parks
- Tobacco free community
- Safer communities
- No adverse childhood experiences
- Decreased suicides
- High fitness scores
- Decreased obesity
- Decrease in untreated mental health problems
- Increased education
- Increased economic potential
- Engaged community with strong intergenerational connectedness
- People will want to live and stay here