We work with regions disproportionately impacted by chronic disease to improve health outcomes and close gaps in health disparities. To guide our community health transformation work, we use the County Health Rankings Model. In each region, we serve as a neutral convener to pull together key stakeholders across sectors to create a local Blueprint for Action based on the unique health indicators of each community.
The Clinton Foundation's Knox County team is guiding the community in this process, creating strategic partnerships and facilitating key conversations that will ultimately lead to better health and well-being for residents. Through the creation of the Knox County Blueprint for Action in 2017 and now the implementation of those bold action steps, community stakeholders are taking action on the road to better health.
Stakeholders in Knox County have developed programs and partnerships to carry out these goals, including:
Addressing physical activity through We Fit Together an effort formed in partnership with Kleine Pediatric Wellness Center and OSF St. Mary Medical Center in Galesburg and the Heart and Soul Initiative to increase opportunities for exercise through the Walking School Bus Initiative.
Improving employee health through the Employee Health Improvement cohort which trains employees on how to craft short and long-term goals for wellness.
Implementing an improved system of care for youth and adolescents in Knox County through the YES (Youth Empowerment System) to address the disconnect in services (health, educational, social services).
San Diego County is the second largest county in California, with a population of approximately 3.3 million people, and has significant variation in its urban, suburban, and rural environments as well as the diversity of its residents. Following a national trend, families of color are still disproportionately represented in San Diego County’s child welfare and juvenile justice systems. For example, in 2016 African-American children were in foster care at a rate of 14.7 per 1,000 children and Native Americans at a rate of 19.8 per 1,000, compared to a rate of 2.5 per 1,000 white children. An event such as home removal or incarceration signals that environmental factors have already been working against a family, and connections to local support have broken down.
Therefore, initiatives that help coordinate and mobilize community supports offer an opportunity to provide families with resources that prevent negative outcomes and improve lifelong health.