About the Gadsden Community Health Council
Over several years, lay community members, local community based organizations, public health officials, county officials, state representatives, and neighboring academic institutions have attempted to address the magnitude of health disparities impacting residents of Gadsden County. Attempts to lessen these disparities have been made through the formation of focus groups, peer support networks, health fairs, and the offering of primary care services. However, a significant obstacle to successfully providing optimized health care services to the residents of Gadsden County is the fragmentation of services and accessibility to these services. Overcoming these obstacles required:
• Identifying existing health care services and assessing the availability of these services and systems; and
• Developing tools and linkages to increase service capacity through state, local and community-based organizations/coalitions and the creation of a community-based advisory board or coalition.
Consequently, as a result of the commitment of local and state officials such as Representative Curtis Richardson and Secretary John Agwunobi, the Gadsden County Health Department commissioned the Florida A & M University Institute of Public Health to conduct a comprehensive needs assessment predicated on the existing health disparities and health services needed in Gadsden County. The Gadsden Community Health Council (GCHC) was created to address issues identified by this needs assessment.
GCHC's Vision, Mission and Plan
Our VISION for Gadsden County is a community with a comprehensive
and integrated health care system that helps all its citizens accept
personal responsibility for becoming informed about, and committed
to, healthy lifestyle choices.
Our MISSION is to:
Coordinate requests for new resources for care and prevention
the delivery of health services in the county
between the local hospital and other health organizations and
Target increased access to health education programs
health care needs for the community from an area wide needs assessment
an action plan for priority areas
Identify available and potential
resources for the community
Evaluate the effectiveness of current
Evaluate the adequacy of current resources
Provide technical assistance
to the 2010 Steering Committee, providers, community groups as
needed or requested
Provide evaluation and continuous feedback
on progress toward the Council's goals
Coordinate with the Health
Department and report progress and outcome attainment
Our Strategic Plan
1. Improve Gadsden County neo-natal and infant survival and health.
Reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases in Gadsden
3. Increase the healthy lifestyle choices of Gadsden County
citizens that will lessen the incidence of preventable life-threatening
diseases (tuberculosis, diabetes, stroke, cancer, heart disease).
Increase the availability of local health services provided to
Gadsden County citizens.