Cape Cod and Islands
Brenda M. Vazquez, Chair
In August 2015, with support from Cape Cod Healthcare Community Benefits, the CHNA27 (the coalition) steering committee worked with HRiA to plan for the coalition’s strategic focus moving forward. The steering committee concluded, after a series of interviews, review, analysis of two regional community and health needs assessments conducted by Barnstable County and Cape Cod Healthcare, and a planning session, that coalition members, all working with a broad range of community and public health issues and population demographics, would benefit from understanding social determinants of health. From October 2015 through June 2017, we presented a series of comprehensive panels comprised of experts in each social determinant area, to learn about its impact on the health status of individuals, families and communities. In FY18, the CHNA27 leadership team will focus on promoting and aligning with the principles of the World Health Organization’s eight pillars of Age Friendly Communities. Coalition members will be encouraged and supported to work collaboratively with other organizations on a range of projects that address the most pressing challenges in the region and to support healthy living across the lifespan.