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Healthy Communities, Healthy People Activities Effectively Monitored, But Assessment Could Improve, Report No. 05-10, March 2005
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  • State law requires the Department of Health to develop and implement a Healthy Communities, Healthy People program.  The legislative intent of the program is to promote healthy lifestyles and reduce risk behaviors associated with chronic diseases and, ultimately, reduce the incidence of chronic diseases in Florida.
  • The Legislature has required the department to establish a Healthy Communities, Healthy People program since 1992.  Although, the department has not formally established a program, current departmental activities and efforts address the program’s statutory requirements.  Most of these efforts are federally funded programs that address specific chronic diseases and conditions.  The department has monitoring processes in place to ensure that services and activities are delivered as intended.  In addition, the department recently has issued an annual status report that identifies measurable objectives for assessing the overall success of its efforts to address the Healthy Communities, Healthy People statute.
  • To further evaluate progress in promoting healthy lifestyles, the department’s annual status reports should identify the factors that influence performance and ways to better focus its activities toward achieving legislative intent.

Which Government Program Summaries contain related information?

Department of Health
Community Public Health

What other OPPAGA-related materials are available?

  • Report No. 07-33 Progress Report: Better Reporting Still Needed on Healthy Communities, Healthy People Initiative, published in July 2007.

Copies of this report in print or alternate accessible format may be obtained by telephone (850/488-0021), by FAX (850/487-9213), in person, or by mail (OPPAGA Report Production, Claude Pepper Building, Room 312, 111 W. Madison St., Tallahassee, FL 32399-1475).
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