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A Message from the Administrator It is my honor that I present to you the 2016-2018 Clay County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Annual Report. While the CHIP is a community driven and collectively owned health improvement plan, the Florida Department of Health in Clay County (DOH-Clay) is charged with providing administrative support, tracking and collecting data, and preparing the annual report. The activities and collaborative efforts of the DOH-Clay and community partners will be reflected in this report. This document will serve as a progress review of the strategies that were developed and the activities that have been implemented. It was an extremely productive first year of the CHIP working closely with the members of the Clay Community Health Improvement Plan committees to make health improvements in the (3) identified priorities: (1) Mental health (2) Access to healthcare (3) Healthy lifestyles & behaviors These ongoing priority areas are proving to be a challenging task but the health department and the dedicated partners and stakeholders are achieving remarkable success through collaboration and are working well together to fill the gaps needed to provide quality and timely health outcomes. The CHIP has been a priority this past year and the three workgroups have made incredible progress in this important and life-changing strategies to improve population health and access to services for the underserved. This annual report represents all the excellent work accomplished from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Thank you to all the community partners, non-profit organizations, community leaders and citizens that worked together this past year to make Clay healthy. We cannot achieve these successes alone and appreciate the support of all of our partners. I personally want to also thank our staff for their hard work at continuing to keep our community focused. It’s been a great year and I am confident the next year will be even more successful. Heather Huffman, MS, RDN, LD/N, IBCLC

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