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In 2014, the Clay County Public Health Center (CCPHC), in collaboration with over 60 partner organizations, conducted a Community Health Assessment to better understand the health of the citizens of Clay County. This vital information was obtained through surveys, town hall forums, and interviews.
Analysis of health data, in addition to feedback obtained through the Community Health assessment survey and town hall forums, led to the identification of three top health priorities that must be addressed to improve the health and quality of life for Clay County residents. The top three areas identified were Access to Care, Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and Chronic Disease.
Chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, arthritis, sleep apnea and cancers, are negatively impacted by overweight/obesity. Its impact may be seen through elevated high blood pressure, cholesterol and triglycerides, increased insulin resistance, and hormonal imbalance. The development and impact of chronic disease may be reduced through lifestyle changes including improved nutrition and regular physical activity. Change, however, can be difficult when habits have been in place since childhood or early adulthood. How can we work to effect change and reduce chronic disease?
The first years of a child’s life are a critical developmental period that shape immediate and long-term well-being, making prenatal development and early childhood a key window to support healthy development and prevent harm. A National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded study depicts the impact of obesity in children and the early development of chronic disease. The study identified that children with high body mass index (BMI) have an elevated risk of being overweight or obese as adults, which only increases with age. Through our Maternal Child Health (MCH) contract, the Clay County Public Health Center aims to work with our community partners in an effort to help reduce childhood obesity.
Please take a moment to review the attached Executive Summary of our 2019-2021 MCH Contract implementation plan. It is our goal to make a positive impact in the community through collaborative focused efforts. Thank you for taking the time to read our plan and for your support.
This project is funded in part by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services Maternal and Child Health Services Contract # AOC18380136, and is supported by the Health Resources Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) under grant #B04MC30623, Maternal and Child Health Services for $12,107,084, of which $0 is from non-governmental sources. This information or content and conclusions are those of the author and should not be construed as the official position or policy of, nor should any endorsements be inferred by HRSA, HHS or the U.S. Government.