The Delaware Division of Public Health (DPH) wants the communities input on the major health needs in Delaware.
DPH recently worked with non-profit and medical provider partners to create a draft statewide health assessment (SHA). The SHA is a careful examination of the health of our population which then is used to identify key problems and assets in Delaware.
There are four documents that comprise the SHA:
- Communities Themes and Strengths Assessment- Provides an understanding of the issues felt important by answering the questions: "What is important to our community?" "How is the quality of life perceived in our community?" For more information, visit www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/files/shactsa.pdf.
- Community Health Status Assessment – Identifies priority community health and quality of life issues. Questions: "How healthy are our residents?" and "What does the health status of our state look like?" For more information, visit www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/files/shachsa.pdf.
- Forces of Change Assessment- Focuses on identifying forces such as technology and other impending changes that affect the context in which the state and its public health system operates. Questions: "What is occurring or might occur that impacts the health of our community?" and "What specific threats or opportunities are generated by these occurrences?" For more information, visit www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/files/shafoca.pdf.
- Goal and Strategies- Based on the above assessments, broad strategies are identified for addressing issues and achieving goals related to the community's vision. For more information, visit www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/files/shagasr.pdf.
All comments will run through Jan. 31. To open an form on which you can record and send your comments, visit www.dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/files/shaform.pdf. For more information, call (302) 744-4703.