Focus Area Work Teams

The mission of Healthy Chesapeake is to be the Healthiest City in the Healthiest State in the nation, in accordance with Virginia’s Plan For Well Being. The four factors that serve as the program focus for Healthy Chesapeake are Healthy Eating, Behavioral Health, Neighborhood Ambassadors and Active Lifestyles.

These health factors are commonly acknowledged as key influencers or indicators of the health of a community. As such, the Healthy Chesapeake, Inc. Board of Governors is using them as the guide for determining fit within the mission of the organization. They are also using them to develop key goals and objectives for the organization as it moves forward.

Goal 1 – Work collaboratively to address critical health behaviors impacting citizen’s health in Chesapeake.

Goal 2 – Work collaboratively to address the provision of physical and behavioral health for citizens of Chesapeake to ensure access and encourage utilization of quality care.

Goal 3 – Work collaboratively to address social and economic factors that contribute to the health of Chesapeake citizens.

Goal 4 – Work collaboratively to address the physical environment of Chesapeake.

Goal 5 – Work collaboratively to build an awareness of the health status of Chesapeake, seek health considerations for all policies adopted, monitor programmatic impacts and provide best practices for community adoption.

 

Meeting the Healthy Chesapeake goals will be undertaken in a variety of ways. This might include working with contractual vendors to deliver new services, supporting expansion of existing services by non-Coalition providers, and working with the Coalition partners to develop and deliver initiatives.

There are currently several programs or initiatives directed at Healthy Foods and Active Lifestyles by the Coalition.  The Health Ambassador program is a peer education and support developed to encourage usage of health care resources and add access to healthy lifestyle choices in certain underserved neighborhoods. The second project is working to address the food desert / lack of access to healthy foods in portions of our City. Both are piloted by Coalition partner agencies, and will be tweaked based on these findings and input from the community member participants as we strive to offer quality and effective programs.

All programs supported by Healthy Chesapeake will be evaluated by our Evaluation and Research team led by a collaboration of Eastern Virginia Medical School and Old Dominion University managed by Dr. Brian Martin of the Healthy Chesapeake Board of Governors. It is mandatory to provide data, comply with research gathering requests, and participate in evaluation sessions as determined by the research and evaluation team. Our intent is to ensure as accurate impact analysis as possible and to modify programs and services as needed to maximize effectiveness.

 

If you are interested in providing feedback, being a service provider, offering financial support or participating, please contact Healthy Chesapeake at healthychesapeake@gmail.com or 757-615-4609.