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Priority Selection

The Priority Areas were selected after examining data from the Sarasota County Health Scorecard and the Community Health Survey.  Factors considered included the magnitude and impact of the issue as well as the feasibility of creating positive change.


Priority Areas 

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CHIP's Health System Collaboration Committee has identified the following as priority areas for the organization:


1. Encourage active, healthy lifestyles
Our behaviors and lifestyle choices are bigger predictors of health than medical access, genetics, or the social conditions in which we live. Healthy lifestyles include eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly, quitting smoking (or not starting), and minimizing stress. We support efforts to promote healthy lifestyle behaviors, foster social connectedness, and create an environment which encourages healthy choices.

Read:  A Summary of Health Priorities for Sarasota County

2. Increase access to healthcare

Even for healthy community members, having access to a regular healthcare provider and more advanced medical resources has real value. These healthcare relationships and resources enhance the quality of our lives and peace of mind. Lack of access to healthcare results in adverse economic, social, and health consequences for uninsured persons and their families. CHIP works to expand coverage and provide access to affordable care for those without insurance.


3. Improve chronic disease management

Chronic disease management is an approach to health care that emphasizes helping individuals maintain independence and keep as healthy as possible through prevention, early detection, and management of chronic conditions, such as congestive heart failure, asthma, diabetes, and other debilitating