State and Local Health Improvement Processes
State Health Improvement Process
In order to create a healthier State, the Maryland Department of Health (MDH) developed a State Health Improvement Process (SHIP)to determine where we stand, as a state and as local jurisdictions, on 39 health objectives. This data is then used to set health goals aligned with Healthy People 2020, and develop a framework for local accountability. Of the 39 measured objectives, Harford County is ranked as good or better than the State average in 22 of them, but worse in 17.
Harford County Ranks Worse than the State Average for:
- Adults who currently smoke
- Adolescents who use tobacco products
- Life expectancy
- Increase physical activity
- Sudden Unexpected Infant Death rate
- Students entering kindergarten ready to learn
- Children receiving blood lead screening
- Domestic violence
- Child maltreatment rate
- Suicide rate
- Fall related death rate
- Affordable housing
- Adolescents who received a wellness check with in the last year
- Children receiving dental care within the last year
- Cancer deaths
- Drug induced death rate
- Emergency department visits for addiction related conditions
View the Harford County SHIP profile. Step 1. Choose Harford County as the county you would like to view in the left hand side bar. Step 2. press view. Step 3. select a vision area from one of the gold circles.
On the local level, the Harford County Local Health Improvement Coalition (LHIC) lead by the Harford County Health Department, brings together representatives from diverse segments of the community every October to exam the health of our community and determine a plan for moving forward. The charge for each priority is then lead by a community Workgroup.
As of 2018, the top three health priorities for Harford County and the corresponding workgroups are:
- Family Health and Resiliency -Chair, Posie Thompson
- Chronic Disease Prevention and Wellness – Chairs, Bari Klein and Vickie Bands
- Behavioral Health (i.e. mental health and substance abuse) – Chair, Sharon Lipford
Each Workgroup has strategic initiatives, action plans, and measurable goals. They meet either monthly or quarterly and report out at the Annual LHIC meeting
Please click here to view the State of the County presentation from the October 2017 Annual Meeting.