Improving the Health of Floridians

The Florida State Health Improvement Plan sets out goals for Florida’s public health system, which includes a range of stakeholders, such as state and local government agencies, health care providers, employers, community groups, universities and schools, non profit organizations and advocacy groups.

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We want a healthier Florida.

The Steering Committee directed a comprehensive State Health Assessment to identify the most important health issues affecting Floridians, ensuring that selected priorities are supported by data about the health status of Florida’s residents.

7 Guiding Priority Areas:

Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias
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Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible, progressive brain disorder that slowly destroys memory and thinking skills, and, eventually, the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. It is the most common cause of dementia among the senior population. African Americans are twice as likely and Hispanics are one and a half times as likely as older whites to have Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Prevalence is higher among women compared to men; two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s disease are women. There is no known cure, however, innovative research may provide hop for effective and novel treatment for this incapacitating disease.

Chronic Diseases and Conditions
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Chronic Diseases and Conditions

Heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, cancer and illnesses related to tobacco use are among the most common health problems affecting people of all ages, socioeconomic statuses and ethnicities. Risk factors —lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use, excessive alcohol use, the environment and social and economic factors—cause much of the illness, suffering and early death related to chronic diseases and conditions.

Injury, Safety and Violence
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Injury, Safety and Violence

Unintentional injuries such as falls and motor vehicle crashes, and intentional injuries such as intimate partner violence are a major cause of death for people ages 1 to 44; however, most events are predictable and preventable.

Maternal and Child Health
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Maternal and Child Health

The well-being of women, infants, children and families determines the health of the next generation. Events over the life course influence maternal and child health risks and outcomes. Differences in health outcomes such as infant mortality, by race and ethnicity, can predict future public health challenges for families, communities and the health care system.

Mental Wellbeing and Substance Abuse Prevention
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Mental Well-being and Substance Abuse Prevention

Mental and emotional well-being enables individuals to realize their own abilities, cope with the normal stresses of life, work productively and contribute to his or her community.

Social and Economic Conditions Impacting Health
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Social and Economic Conditions Impacting Health

Social and economic conditions impacting health are the conditions in the environments where people live, work and play that influence health throughout the lifespan. These factors, including but not limited to income, employment, social supports, literacy skills and transportation have a major impact on people’s ability to lead long, healthy lives.

Transmissible and Emerging Diseases
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Transmissible and Emerging Diseases

Infectious organisms that are primarily acquired and transmitted through sexual activity cause many harmful, often irreversible and costly clinical complications in reproductive, fetal and perinatal health. Other emerging infectious agents pose the threat of disease outbreaks. Prevention, treatment and diagnostic strategies are essential.

Florida's 2022-2026 State Health Improvement Planning Process

The Florida Department of Health, with a diverse group of partners, announces the beginning of the 2021-2026 State Health Improvement Planning process. Through this process, the 2021 State Health Assessment (SHA) and the 2022-2026 State Health Improvement Plan will be developed. The SHA and State Health Improvement Plan are essential in identifying key issues that impact the health of all Floridians. The planning process is a collaborative and coordinated effort that provides a blueprint to address social determinants of health, health inequities, access to care and the state’s health priorities. The plan will guide overarching statewide goals and objectives that organizations can adopt to align their work for targeted collective action to improve the health of Floridians.

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Partner Spotlights:

Florida Department of Children and Families

Florida Department of Children and Families

The mission of the Department of Children and Families is to work in partnership with local communities to protect the vulnerable, promote strong and economically self-sufficient families, and advance personal and family recovery and resiliency. The Department has a highly skilled workforce committed to empowering people with complex and varied needs to achieve the best outcomes for themselves and their families. In collaboration with community stakeholders, they strive to deliver world class and continuously improving service focused on providing the people they serve with the level and quality that they would demand and expect for their own families.

For more information, visit Florida Department of Children and Families

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Agency for Health Care Administration

The mission of the Agency for Health Care Administration is “Better Health Care for All Floridians.” As champions of that mission, they are responsible for the administration of the Florida Medicaid program, licensure and regulation of Florida’s health facilities and for providing information to Floridians about the quality of care they receive. Every day, they look for ways to improve health care in Florida. They have built strong partnerships with other agencies and continue to develop relationships with stakeholders at all levels in communities around the state.

For more information, visit The Agency For Health Care Administration

Steering Committee Meetings

Upcoming Meetings

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Meeting Minute Reports

Priority Area Quarterly Meetings

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