Monday, April 30, 2012

April Update: Coordinated Chronic Disease Community Forums


COMMUNITY FORUM UPDATE
Four community forums have been held to date in effort to redesign a Coordinated Chronic Disease State Framework. These regional meetings have provided engaged, thoughtful and optimistic discussions around a collective approach to improving the health and wellness of Coloradans. A broad range of stakeholders attended meetings in Montrose, Frisco, Denver, and Sterling including local and state partners, representatives from community and advocacy organizations, and from public policy and higher education. Remaining community forums are listed below – we encourage you to attend!
MEETING PROCESS
The community forum process has allowed participants to provide valuable input on ways CDPHE can support local efforts to reduce the burden of chronic disease. Through small group discussions participants have the opportunity to share their vision for the coordination of the chronic disease state plan and discuss the following domain areas: 
  • Service Delivery (Community Clinical Linkages): Interventions that ensure those with, and at-risk for, chronic disease have access to quality community resources to best manage their conditions or prevent disease onset
  • Education/Communications: Public education and awareness, communications, marketing/media, and advocacy
  • Health Systems:  Interventions that improve the use of quality clinical services to prevent disease, detect disease early and manage risk factors
  • Policy & Environmental Changes: Rules, regulations and/or laws that promote healthy living and disease prevention, and population-based interventions that make healthy behaviors easier and more convenient for communities
  • Data & Evaluation: Activities to gather, analyze, interpret, disseminate and use data and conclusions about disease prevention

COMMUNITY FORUM–LIVESTREAM PRESENTATIONS
If you were unable to attend a community forum in your area, the Denver Community Forum can be viewed  online at the CDPHE Prevention Services Division Chronic Disease Livestream Channel.  Both the Chronic Disease State Plan overview presentations, as well as the recap of the small group sessions to develop strategies to execute the plan are posted. 

FEEDBACK & INPUT
Stakeholder input is welcome throughout the community engagement process and can be submitted by visiting the Coordinated Chronic Disease State Plan Feedback & Input Form. 

GET INVOLVED:
Only three community forums remain. Please join us, all are welcome!
  • LA JUNTA: Wednesday, May 2, 2012 3-5pm
    Otero Junior College - Banquet Hall in the Student Center
    1802 Colorado Ave. La Junta, CO 81050
  • ALAMOSA: Thursday, May 3, 2012 4:30-6:30pm
    Alamosa County Public Health Department
    8900 Independence Way, Alamosa CO 81101
  • DURANGO: Monday, May 7, 2012 1-3pm
    Durango Community Recreation Center
    2700 Main Ave. Durango, CO. 81301
RSVP to the community forum most convenient for you via the link below:

WHAT’s NEXT?
The State Advisory Team will provide input on themes and approaches from community forums. This group who is made up of key statewide representatives of chronic disease areas will assist with strategizing and prioritizing the state framework.  
  • Information from community forums will be analyzed to inform the development of the coordinated chronic disease state plan
  • A draft of the plan will be reviewed by the State Advisory Team
  • Stakeholders will have the opportunity to provide feedback on the finalized draft of the state plan

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