RESEARCH AND COMMUNITY PLANS
2017 Lake County Senior Master Plan

In 2017, Lake County Public Health Agency and Lake County Build a Generation conducted a year-long, comprehensive assessment of the health issues concerning Lake County seniors. The result of this research and planning process is the 2017 Lake County Senior Master Plan.

The Senior Master Plan identifies the community’s barriers to senior health, prioritizes those barriers and establishes goals and strategies for helping Lake County seniors age well in place.The needs and recommendations outlined in the Senior Master Plan were informed by more than 100 hours of interviews with local seniors as well as extensive research on best practices for supporting senior well-being.

View the Senior Master Plan executive summary.

View the entire Senior Master Plan.

To learn more about the Senior Master Plan process, contact Katie Baldassar at katie@lcbag.org or 719-486-4114.

Lake County Public Health Assessment and Improvement Plan

2017 Lake County Public Health Improvement Plan

The 2017 Lake County Public Health Improvement Plan (PHIP) was created through a collaboration between the Lake County Public Health Agency, St. Vincent Hospital and Lake County Build a Generation – three agencies that share a commitment to improving health and health care services for all Lake County residents through increased collaboration and by addressing the social, environmental and economic conditions that influence community health and well-being.

The 2017 PHIP builds on and extends the work of the Lake County Public Health Agency’s 2012 PHIP, as well as St. Vincent Hospital’s 2016 Community Health Needs Assessment and Lake County Build a Generation’s 2015 Risk Assessment.  Going forward, these three planning efforts will be combined into one collective planning effort that happens every three years.

This plan provides a framework for the Lake County Public Health Agency, St. Vincent Hospital, Lake County Build a Generation—as well as many other agencies who serve our community—to align our efforts toward achieving the greatest health for the most community members. The plan focuses on deeply understanding community-level data about chronic disease, identifying a range of interventions across the socio-ecological model of health and evaluating whether those interventions are having an impact. The ultimate outcome is ensuring that Lake County is a healthy place to be born, grow up, have a family and grow old.

For more information about the Lake County Public Health Improvement Plan, contact Colleen Nielsen, Director of Lake County Public Health Agency, at cnielsen@co.lake.co.us or 719-486-4152, or Katie Baldassar, Director of Lake County Build a Generation, at katie@lcbag.org or 719-486-4114.

Read the entire 2017 Lake County Public Health Improvement Plan.

2012 Public Health Assessment and Improvement Plan

In 2012, Lake County Build a Generation, in partnership with the Lake County Public Health Agency and St. Vincent General Hospital, worked with a community stakeholder group to produce an assessment of the state of public health in Lake County and a five-year plan for improvement.

The key goals of the five-year plan were as follows:

1. Access to Care

  • Goal #1: Increase the percent of residents who are insured by 10% over the next three years.
  • Goal #2: Increase the number of available and affordable care sites in Lake County.

2. Healthy Eating and Active Living

  • Goal #1: Increase programs, activities and other opportunities for residents to
  • access healthy eating and active living.
  • Goal #2: Increase nutritional and wellness counseling with mental health clients.
  • Goal #3: Increase students’ access to healthy eating and active living.

3. Environmental Health

  • Goal#1: Decrease the number of critical violations at retail food establishments by 20%. Decrease the number of non-critical violations at retail food establishments by 20%.
  • Goal #2: Increase community information and resources around key environmental health issues in Lake County.
  • Goal#3: Increase the number of children ages 1-3 who receive blood lead testing by 10%. Increase the number of children ages 3-6 who receive blood lead testing by 15%.

4. Sexual Health

  • Goal #1: Increase the number of Lake County residents who access Lake County Public Health Family Planning services by 5%.
  • Goal #2: Improve the implementation of the current sexual education curriculum at the Lake County School District.
  • Goal #3: Decrease the chlamydia rate in Lake County by 5%.

5. Safety

  • Goal #1: Provide more information to residents or tourists about hazards in Lake County and how to mitigate them.
  • Goal #2: Create changes in programs or policies that will make Lake County a safer place to live or travel.

6. Pediatric Dental

  • Goal #1: Increase school-based dental prevention.
  • Goal #2: Increase access to, and awareness of, pediatric dental care in Lake County.

7. Transportation

  • Goal #1: Provide safe routes to school and the city core.
  • Goal #2: Increase options for those who need transportation to health care
  • appointments.

8. Mental Health and Substance Abuse

  • Goal #1: Decrease substance abuse.
  • Goal #2: Increase access to mental health care.
  • Goal #3: Increase the percentage of West Central Mental Health clients who are
  • enrolled with a primary care provider.
  • Goal #4: Reduce bullying in the Lake County School District.

Read the entire 2012 Lake County Public Health Assessment and Improvement Plan.

2017 Community Planning Toolkit

In 2017, Lake County Build a Generation produced Building a Movement for Change: A Community Planning Toolkit as a resource for leaders, groups and communities looking to develop and implement a community plan. The toolkit includes researched best practices as well as our own lessons learned through years of community engagement and planning work.

Building a Movement for Change: A Community Planning Toolkit