The Community Health Improvement Process for Montgomery County, Maryland
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Planning for Action

The Montgomery County Community Health Improvement Process launched in June 2009 with a comprehensive scan of all existing and past planning processes. Past assessment, planning, and evaluation processes were compiled that related to health and well-being focus and social determinants of health across a multitude of sectors, populations, and communities within Montgomery County.  In its Priority-Setting Process in October 2011, the Steering Committee identified six priority areas:
  • Behavioral Health;
  • Cancers;
  • Cardiovascular Health;
  • Diabetes;
  • Maternal and Infant Health; and
  • Obesity
In addition to selecting these six broad priorities for action, the HMSC selected three overarching themes (lenses) that Healthy Montgomery should address in the health and well-being action plans for each of the six priority areas. The themes are:
  • Lack of access;
  • Health inequities; and
  • Unhealthy behaviors.
The Steering Committee started to establish workgroups, composed of individuals who are experts in the respective priority areas in May 2012. Their task has been to develop, execute, and evaluate specific action plans that are designed to improve the health and well-being of the residents of Montgomery County.
Because of limited resources to support the work groups, the Steering Committee chose the order in which the work groups will be phased in to complete the action planning. At its March 5, 2012, meeting- the Steering Committee announced that Behavioral Health and Obesity would be the first two focus areas to complete action planning starting in June 2012. The remaining four areas will be phased in as staffing resources permitted, likely later in  2013, to implement action plans that address all six priority areas. 

To learn more about the Obesity Action Planning activities, please visit the Obesity Work Group web page.

To learn more about the Behavioral Health Action Planning activities, please visit the Behavioral Health Work Group web page.