Healthcare Sector and Prevention by DuJuan Hord – Community Development Specialist
Recognizing that local problems need local solutions, the Smithville CIA seeks to mobilizing the entire community— youth, parents, teachers, police, reporters, extra-curricular instructors, health care providers, faith communities, business professionals, civic leaders, government representatives, and other Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drug providers. We know that strategically aligning not only the “movers and shakers,” but also the “grassroots” folks who have strong links within neighborhoods and informal institutions reduce substance abuse among youth and, over time, among adults by addressing the factors in a community that increase the risk of substance abuse and promoting the factors that minimize the risk of substance abuse.
Community Development Specialist, DuJuan Hord, tells us how our local Health Center is helping in the field of youth prevention and why they have made it a priority.
Clay County Public Health Center is important to coalition work and the Clay county community because our goal is to develop and implement strategies in collaboration with partners to address community’s health needs. The Clay County Public Health Center works as part of The Northland Healthcare Alliance. The Healthcare Alliance brings together information from multiple data sources, that helps to identify the most critical health problems within a community. The data informs the community, helps to prioritize health problems and aids in developing a community health improvement plan. To better serve the needs of the community, Clay County Public Health Center conducts community health assessments. By completing these assessments, CCPHC identified three strategic priority areas: access to care, behavioral health and substance abuse and chronic disease.
With guidance from our community health assessments CCPHC has provided efforts in many youth prevention efforts. Some of the efforts in which we provided educational information for youths were in tobacco prevention, alcohol prevention, opioid use/prevention, and suicide prevention to name a few. CCPHC has participated in community health workshops to provide prevention resources that would help to serve the youth. Our mission is to deliver the essential public health services of prevention, promotion, and protection to the communities of Clay County. We take pride in ensuring the health and safety of all our communities in Clay County.