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Community Vital Signs awarded coaching sessions from health institute

community-vital-signsSan Bernardino County’s Community Vital Signs Initiative was chosen to receive free coaching from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Roadmaps to Health Coaching Program which will help continue to lead our local residents on the path to wellness.

Community Vital Signs was one of 12 teams selected to participate with a community coach from the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute. The coach is expected to provide specific guidance and tools focused on community health improvement goals.

“This is an incredible opportunity for San Bernardino County,” said Trudy Raymundo, Director of the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health. “I look forward to working with Robert Wood Johnson and our incredible partners as we move one step closer to achieving our goals for improving the health of our county’s communities and residents.”

Community Vital Signs was selected because the group has completed a community assessment, set priorities and is in the process of taking action to improve the health and wellness of our citizens.

The coaching process focuses on achieving goals co-developed by the team and the community coach, based on the community’s needs and the specific content the Roadmaps to Health program has to offer. It includes up to eight 60-90 minute team coaching calls over a nine-month period and an optional community visit. Coaching will begin in January and continue through September 2014.

Participating community teams can expect to build their capacity to do work together to impact health, choose and implement effective policies and programs that impact health and evaluate health improvement efforts.

In November, Community Vital Signs unveiled results of community engagement meetings and community indicator data which identified education, the economy and access to healthcare as the most urgent issues that affect the health and well-being of county residents

The Community Vital Signs initiative is a key component of the Countywide Vision Wellness Element and effort to achieve the Vision. Community Vital Signs is a community health improvement framework developed through the collaborative efforts of county residents, community organizations, and government agencies. It sets evidence-based goals and priorities that align and leverage our resources to improve the overall health and well-being of the county’s residents.

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