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By DOH-Santa Rosa

January 15, 2019

Milton, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties, in conjunction with the Live Well Partnership and other community organizations, released the 2019 Escambia – Santa Rosa Community Health Needs Assessment. The document identifies the top health priorities for both counties based on a community-wide survey and an analysis of each county’s leading causes of death and illness.

Both counties will focus on diabetes, infant health, and mental health. In addition, Escambia County will focus on child health (ages 1-5) and sexually-transmitted diseases while Santa Rosa County will add drug use and abuse to its priority areas.

Over the next three years, these health priorities will be the focus of the Community Health Improvement Plan, which organizes community-wide goals and strategies to address contributing factors to each priority. Public forums will be announced in the spring to discuss the development of these goals and strategies.

“Community input is extremely important in determining what our priorities will be going forward,” said Sandra L. Park-O’Hara, APRN, DOH-Santa Rosa administrator. “The Community Health Needs Assessment is just one tool we use to determine where we will focus our efforts. We will also continue to work closely with our community partners to ensure the best use of our resources to address health disparities and achieve positive outcomes.”

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