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Last updated 1:08AM ET
September 25, 2018
Emphasis - March 4
Lee County Health Department Administrator Julie Schilling
(wium) - Jason Parrott's guest is Julie Schilling, Administrator of the Lee County Health Department. They discuss the county's Community Health Needs Assessment & Health Improvement Plan for 2011-2016.

Local boards of health are required to lead discussions on community health needs every five years.

Schilling says the Lee County Health Department has been working for months with health care partners from throughout the county. She says more than 1,200 residents also participated in a survey.

The final report identifies four areas for the health department to focus on for the next five years.

Addictive Behaviors
Injury Prevention
Health Care Awareness & Access

Schilling says Lee County's obesity rate is at the state average. She says tobacco use, binge drinking, and injury rates in Lee County exceed the state average.

Schilling says the study also addresses protection against environmental hazards, the prevention of the spread of disease, response to public health emergencies, and strengthening public health infrastructure.

She says those are key issues, but could not be considered priorities.

The Health Improvement Plan includes one goal for each priority. Each goal has about a dozen or more sub-goals.

Schilling says the document is available for viewing on her department's website.

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