Jan 01
January 1, 2013

Featured Solutions: Healthier Living in the Coachella Valley


The Problem

The Coachella Valley faces a variety of health issues surrounding health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and physical environment. In the Coachella Valley, 17 percent of the overall population does not have access to a healthy food outlet; 70 percent of adults do not participate in daily physical activity; and 89 percent do not participate in daily strengthening exercises. In western Coachella Valley, the HIV prevalence rate is 1.6 percent – four times higher than the national level.

The Solution

The Clinton Health Matters Initiative (CHMI) will work to improve health outcomes, close gaps in health disparities, and facilitate pledges to action in the Coachella Valley. CHMI harnesses individuals’ and organizations’ enthusiasm for healthy living by activating them to help others make healthy changes in their lives through local, sustainable efforts. Serving as a broker, CHMI convenes key stakeholders across sectors to create a locally appropriate Blueprint for Action. In December 2012, CHMI created a baseline data frame, which led to partnering with community leaders to develop Bold Actions that address: improving the health behaviors, clinical care issues, local social and economic factors, and the physical environment issues that contribute to health outcomes within the Coachella Valley. The resulting Blueprint for Action reflects key recommendations made by a diverse array of individuals.

The Impact

Based on the Blueprint for Action, CHMI and community partners hope to reach the following goals by 2018:

  • Reduce mortality and adverse effect (morbidity) by 50 percent.
  • Include substance abuse identification in 100 percent of Coachella Valley college institutions and residency programs.
  • Provide  access to healthy food options within five miles of their homes to 80 percent of Coachella Valley residents.
  • Increase the number of Coachella Valley residents  participating in 60 minutes of physical activity per day to 80 percent.
  • Increase the number of health care providers in current shortage areas by 20 percent.
  • Increase the number of Coachella Valley high school graduates who meet college-going criteria by 50 percent.
  • Reduce Coachella Valley violent crimes by 25 percent.