In 2015, CHIPA’s membership collaborative grew to more than 80 diverse community leaders, including three youth delegates from local high schools. Identifying community health priorities and employing a collective impact approach to address them, CHIPA was formed as a local chapter of Health Action, a framework used by Sonoma County to engage local communities in aligning efforts to become the healthiest county in California by 2020. In 2015, Sonoma County was named the eighth healthiest county among the state’s 58 counties, up from number 12 last year.
As a powerful testament to CHIPA’s collaborative work and accomplishments, California’s Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) requested a day-long visit in January 2015 to learn about PHCD’s comprehensive community health services and initiatives and how these are being implemented and producing results. DHCS staff, including its Medical Director Dr. Neal Kohatsu, declared PHCD a “model district” of how health care districts can improve health beyond acute care hospitals and used it as a learning experience to influence the policy, priorities and program development for the state. The visit provided DHCS with a greater understanding of how districts are well-versed in the unique needs of their communities and are able to respond to these needs through innovative programs and collaboration.
In June, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors and Petaluma City Council designated Petaluma a “HeartSafe Community” (HSC), formally celebrating PHCD’s efforts to address heart health education and provide life-saving CPR trainings and certification to combat Sudden Cardiac Arrest. This year, through HSC, 1,965 community members were certified in CPR, with an additional 1,000 trained in hands-only CPR. Further, 33 AEDs were installed at various sites throughout Southern Sonoma County, including several schools. The AED installations included an AED maintenance plan that fosters ongoing compliance to ensure devices and community members are prepared to respond to a cfardiac emergency. In 2015 PHCD also introduced the “Golden Heart Award,” honoring nine residents who used their CPR training to save a life.
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