Community Health Policy & Planning

The Peoria City/County Health Department participates in community-wide population health planning to identify and prioritize health needs and quality of life issues, map and leverage community resources, and form effective partnerships to implement health improvement strategies in Peoria County.

Multiple organizations and sectors formed the Partnership for a Healthy Community to develop the Tri-county Community Health Needs Assessment and Plan for Peoria, Tazewell, and Woodford Counties with the identified strategic community health priority areas:

Identified in 2016 to be addressed in 2017-2019:

  • Behavioral Health
  • Healthy Eating and Active Living
  • Cancer - Lung and Breast
  • Reproductive Health

Identified in 2019 to be address on 2020-2022:

  • Healthy Eating and Active Living
  • Cancer - Breast, Lung, and Colorectal and cancer screenings
  • Mental Health
  • Substance Use
  1. Population Health
  2. Targeting Obesity
  3. Tobacco-Free Communities

Healthier America VideoCommunity Health Policy and Planning advances population health improvement and evaluates the impact of health issues in Peoria County. To support healthy community environments, we engage the public and community partners with actionable data to identify health needs and priorities, including those related to health disparity, health inequity, and social determinants of health.

We support partnerships and projects that offer a natural alignment between organizational priorities and community strategic health initiatives. Watch A Healthier America video (AVI).

  1. Invest Health Initiative
  2. Affordable Care Act
  3. Maternal Child Health
  4. Policy Collaborations

Invest HealthThe City of Peoria was selected by Reinvestment Fund and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to take part in the new Invest Health initiative. Invest Health is aimed at transforming how leaders from mid-size American cities work together to help low-income communities thrive, with specific attention to community features that drive health such as access to safe and affordable housing, places to play and exercise, and quality jobs.

Peoria team comprises representatives from Peoria City/County Health Department, City of Peoria Community Development, Greater Peoria Economic Development Council, Peoria Public Schools, and Illinois Central College. Peoria team seeks to leverage assets and funding to redirect them in a community-wide alignment of programs, projects, and policy efforts that will maximize economic, environmental, and social impacts.

Learn about the latest update to the planning collaborative's cross-sector efforts to leverage funds to change systems of health through the built community. Watch this 3.5 minute local Invest Health video Building Healthy Communities.

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