Chronic Disease Prevention
Chronic Disease Profile for Skagit County
Community Transformation Grant
WA State Department of Health received a Community Transformation Grant (CTG) award from the Centers for Disease Control as part of the Affordable Care Act. This money will help prevent chronic diseases where we live, learn, work and play. United General Hospital’s Community Health Outreach Programs and the Skagit County Health Department are carrying out this work in Skagit County as part of a state-wide network.
The CTG Approach is to use both targeted interventions and area-wide interventions to transform communities.
CTG Core Principles are to:
1. Maximize Health Impact through Prevention:Pursue area-wide policy and environmental changes that impact many people, frequently, in a comprehensive way. Focus strategies in a low number of specific geographic areas.
2. Advance Health Equity and Reduce Disparities:Use targeted data and other assessment tools to impact all members of the community. Apply a "health equity lens" to inform all projects.
3. Use and Expand Evidence Base for Local Policy and Environmental Changes that Improve Health:Capitalize on utilizing proven strategies to enhance community efforts and fill gaps.
Sub-county level data was analyzed to identify Skagit County locations with high prevalence of risk behaviors, disease burden and socio-demographic risk (such as low income). This information was used to create a CTG Action Plan and to determine objectives and activities.
Locally, we will be making strategic changes (policy, environmental, programmatic and infrastructure) with sustainable results in the four priority areas below:
Active Living: More streets that are safe and walkable, especially forstudents. People getting more physical activity.
Healthy Eating: More convenient healthy foods and beverages by creating access in communities and work places. People eating
more fruits, veggies and other healthful foods.
Preventive Health Care Services:More technical assistance for health care providers to strengthen preventive services. Fewer people with obesity, hypertension, high cholesterol and late-stage cancer.
Tobacco Free Living:Access to smoke-free housing, parks, and campuses. More availability of stop smoking referral services and treatments. Local control over tobacco promotion and taxation. People living tobacco free.
Contact Carol Hawk (360) 856-7383 for more information.
Skagit County Youth Data
DOH Power Point on CTG
Skagit County CTG Contact Information