To effectively improve the health and wellbeing of communities and residents, it will take multiple organizations, sectors, and leaders coming together to engage in meaningful collaboration. Working together ensures that resources are shared, different populations are recognized, efforts are not duplicated, and strategies are more sustainable.
All cities/towns must have a community coalition and at least 6 other strategies
MY COMMUNITY HAS:(A minimum of one from this category is required)
A RELATIONSHIP WITH THE LOCAL HEALTH DEPARTMENT
In addition to the Utah Department of Health, there are 13 local health departments that cover all areas of the state. Local health departments offer many services and resources ranging from immunizations, environmental health, epidemiology, and chronic disease prevention. They can also provide technical assistance, training, and resources to support your healthy community initiative.
A resource page on our website to assist in accessing healthy food, physical activity, and mental health resources
Residents of your community are probably familiar with using the city website to pay bills, stay updated on events, or search employment opportunities. Including health information on your website is an easy, inexpensive way to educate residents and provide them with useful resources.
Potential information to include on your website
- A calendar of community events
- Blog posts from professionals
- Community garden locations
- Local farmers markets information
- Local food bank information
- Local health department programs
- Map of walking and biking trails
- Suicide prevention links
- Transportation links
Health-related objectives in our general plan
A general plan is a broad, guiding document that outlines a city’s goals and policies. It allows cities to plan for the future in a way that enhances the amenities and services and looks to improve quality of life for residents. General plans often address land use, parks, open space, recreational facilities, housing, and transportation. When health objectives are included in the general plan, it creates accountability and helps bring people together to work on a common goal.
CDC Healthy People 2030
Change Lab Solutions General Plan Toolkit
Federal Reserve Bank Healthy Communities
National League of Cities and Towns Cities of Opportunity
Utah Department of Transportation Utah’s Transportation Vision
Example health related objectives
- Build neighborhoods with safe and attractive places for social interaction and physical activity.
- Increase access and opportunity to healthy foods for those in low-income neighborhoods.
- Reduce residents’ reliance on motor vehicles.
- Prioritize health in zoning, transportation, and developmental plans.
- Adopt design standards or guidelines that incorporate green design considerations in the community’s development review process.
- Improve existing park facilities and increase opportunities to create new parks, especially in underserved areas.
- Work to preserve open space and connect trails and walking/biking paths.
- Support and promote healthy eating initiatives and programs including local farmers markets, school meal programs, and community functions.
- Encourage residents, local leaders, businesses, schools, and other organizations to collaborate and partner on initiatives that will improve the health of the community.
Utilized and implemented strategies from an existing community health needs assessment
A community health needs assessment identifies key health needs and issues through data collection and analysis. The information may include causes of death, housing stability, access to healthy food, education rates, and much more. Many local health departments and hospitals in Utah have completed community health needs assessments. Find Your Local Health Department to see if a needs assessment has been completed in your community.
A Moderate Income Housing Plan
Access to affordable housing is essential for the health of residents and communities. When housing is affordable it can free up resources for other necessities like nutritious food and healthcare. It also provides stability, reduces stress, and can help improve health outcomes. Developing and utilizing an affordable and moderate income housing plan allows communities to reduce overcrowding, increase availability, plan for the future, and ensures that all residents have a place they can call home.
Center for Housing Policy The Impacts of Affordable Housing on Health
Change Lab Solutions Preserving Affordable Housing Policy Tools
Utah League of Cities and Towns Housing and General Plans
Workforce Services Housing and Community Development
Coordinated with the UDOT Move Utah Program to move active transportation planning and implementation efforts forward
The Utah Department of Transportation Move Utah program is designed to empower local communities to improve active transportation through planning, events, education, and infrastructure development. Residents who have access to public transit, walking paths, and biking trails can be more active, healthy, and connected with their peers.
COORDINATED WITH BIKE UTAH ON THE 1,000 MILES CAMPAIGN
In partnership with the Governor, Bike Utah is helping Utah communities build 1,000 new miles of family-friendly bicycle lanes, paths, and trails.
Is your community doing other things that you think may qualify you for the Healthy Utah Community designation? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.