Trend and Analysis
The Health Department is committed to ensuring access to healthcare, which is the leading priority in the current health improvement plan. All Health Department programs are related to this goal, and it is also reflected in the statewide implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Locally, one of the key ways to help increase access is to ensure a trained and knowledgeable community outreach staff is embedded across programs who connect individually with clients as well as through targeted public outreach events to increase awareness and help residents link to community resources. The overall impact of these activities is challenging to measure, since increased access to healthcare may not yield immediate results but will instead help to gradually lessen the burden of disease and disability over time.