RIVER FALLS, Wis.
Local health leaders have developed a plan to improve the
health of our county and they need your help.
Throughout 2013, Pierce County Public Health and River Falls
Area Hospital, part of Allina Health, completed a health
needs assessment for Pierce County. The process engaged a
wide range of community members to identify and prioritize
local health needs.
Physical activity and healthy foods were identified as the
top priorities for Pierce County. When developing a
three-year plan to address these priorities, stakeholders
reviewed national research on "what works," ultimately
choosing evidence-based strategies to improve health.
"It used to be believed that most health problems could be
fixed if people would only make different choices or if there
was better access to care," explained Sue Galoff, Director of
Pierce County Public Health. "While these are related to
health, today we know that health is determined by more than
just those factors."
"By focusing on environmental strategies to improve health,
we hope to make it easier for individuals in Pierce County to
make healthy choices," said Heather Logelin, Foundation and
Community Engagement director at River Falls Area Hospital.
The 2014-2016 Pierce County Community Health Needs Assessment
and Implementation Plan is available online at www.co.pierce.wi.us and www.allinahealth.org. Moving
forward, the Pierce County Healthy Eating Active Living
(HEAL) Coalition will provide oversight of the plan's
implementation. To get involved, or to learn more about the
action plan, contact Amy Hess, RD, Pierce County Public
Health at email@example.com.