A Message from the Director

Sussex County Health Coalition is honored to lead the first Delaware Healthy Neighborhood initiative in the state. SCHC will need all our partners in this effort to build a "Culture of Health” for all our citizens. Over the last six months, SCHC has been developing an action plan with a set of tangible measurements to help our entire county, through our sectors, embrace health as a shared responsibility and good. Over 95 members have helped to shape and set goals to identify indicators that impact our community and to identified ways to integrate efforts to reach these goals. This community plan is a collective impact framework using the Social Ecological Theory of Change to foster this work in creating a culture of health.

Sussex County’s Culture of Health is broken into four interconnected action areas that we are aligning with the current community strategies that are and taken directly from Robert Wood Johnson’s work.

These action areas are:

1. MAKING HEALTH A SHARED VALUE, measured by indicators such as the percentage of people who strongly agree that health is influenced by their peers and their communities and the percentage who indicate they have adequate social support from family and friends.

2. FOSTERING CROSS-SECTOR COLLABORATION TO IMPROVE WELL-BEING, denoted by measures like the number of local health departments that collaborate with community organizations and employers who promote better health in the workplace.

3. CREATING HEALTHIER, MORE EQUITABLE COMMUNITIES, using measurements such as the number of grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and safe sidewalks in communities; the ratio of children attending preschool; community members who are employed with a livable wage and the affordability of housing.

4. STRENGTHENING INTEGRATION OF HEALTH SERVICES AND SYSTEMS, gauged by measures such as the percentage of people served by a comprehensive public health system and the percentage of physicians sharing electronic data with other clinicians, health systems and patients.

It is the Coalition’s focus to assist the community in further catalyzing these Action Areas to spark dynamic local conversation and advocacy about the physical, social, economic and emotional conditions that influence health. We also hope these dialogues and community plans will create a greater sense of both individual and shared accountability increasing purposeful collaboration of the different sectors to improve health outcomes.

SCHC through Healthy Neighborhoods will seek to work in real time to foster local solutions through the following:
  • BRIDGING HEALTH AND HEALTH CARE
  • BUILDING DEMAND FOR HEALTHY PLACES AND PRACTICES
  • ADDRESSING HEALTH DISPARITIES
  • ENGAGING ALL SECTORS FOR HEALTH
  • STRENGTHENING VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND FAMILIES
  • LEADERSHIP
"Together, we can make Sussex County the leading Healthy Community in Delaware and a driving force for health transformation locally and statewide. I know we will face challenges but together we can innovate and attain what we envision for ourselves, each other and our community.”

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