Community Health Education
HEALTH EDUCATION DEPARTMENT
The Health Education Department is responsible for assessing, planning, implementing, coordinating, and evaluating health education programs and wellness interventions for the citizens of Richmond County. In doing so, the Health Education Department is tasked with collaborating with community partners and residents to conduct a Community Health Assessment every four years.
The Community Health Assessment (CHA) serves as a blueprint to guide the health department in strategic planning as well as guides the Healthy People Healthy Carolina’s partnership and other community partners in their service to the citizens of Richmond County. The CHA allows a community to identify factors that affect the overall health and determine the availability of resources within the community to adequately address those factors.
State of the County Health Report
A State of the County Health Report or SOTCH is prepared annually during the three years between each Community Health Assessment. The SOTCH provides the citizens of Richmond County an update on the progress made since the previous Community Health Assessment.
The strategic plan guides and strengthens a community health board’s ability to carry out its public health functions. It provides a guide for making decisions; allocating human and financial resources; and pursuing time-bound, measurable strategies, and priorities.