What is Community Health?
Where we live matters to our health. The health of a community depends on many different factors, including the environment, education and jobs, access to and quality of healthcare, and individual behaviors.
We know that much of what influences our health happens outside of the doctor’s office – in our schools, workplaces and neighborhoods. We can improve a community’s health by implementing effective policies and programs. For example, people who live in communities with smoke-free laws are less likely to smoke or to be exposed to second-hand smoke, which reduces lung cancer risk. In addition, people who live in communities with safe and accessible park and recreation space are more likely to exercise, which reduces heart disease risk.
Healthy Charlotte County consists of local residents, non-profit organizations, healthcare professionals, school representatives, and many other community members working on programs and plans to benefit all residents of Charlotte County. We help make recommendations, develop, and implement community projects that improve health outcomes and create environments that support healthy living.
Through our health improvement projects, Healthy Charlotte County aims to identify issues community members feel are important and find ways to solve some of our most pressing health issues.