Healthy Communities was created as a result of the creation of a Childhood Obesity Prevention Task Force (COPTF) in February 2006 to develop a county-wide Strategic Action Plan (http://www.sloccf.org/forms/Giving-CN-ChildhoodObesity.pdf ). County leaders funded SLO County Community Foundation to convene and facilitate the Task Force. This action plan later became the starting point for Healthy Communities.
The purpose of the Healthy Communities Workgroup is to improve the health and wellness of current and future San Luis Obispo County Residents through collaboration, education and policy guidance as it relates to the built environment.
The Healthy Communities Workgroup:
- Reviews and comments, from a health perspective, on policies and development plans submitted to the County Planning Department. The workgroup is expanding to include local cities as well.
- Promotes and participates in county-wide events to highlight the attributes of a healthy community.
- Networks with new groups in the community and is building a speakers bureau to participate at community meetings.
- Provides resources through its website to educate and promote actions to build a healthier community.
Healthy Communities is comprised of members from the County Public Health Department, Environmental Health Department, Planning and Building Department, Air Pollution Control District, Health Commission, SLOCOG, Bike SLO County, CDC fellows, Cal Poly SLO faculty, and community members.
Healthy Communities Workgroup Achievements
- Healthy Communities has reviewed and commented on 75 plans to date.
- Received the USGBC Central Coast Chapter’s Green Community Partner Award for contributions in making SLO County a more sustainable community.
- Facilitated the development of OutsideIn SLO, the first climate change and health communication campaign in California.
- Received numerous invitations from local groups, such as the Rotary Club and Lion’s Club, to speak about the group’s work and how community members can support Healthy Communities.
For information on the Healthy Communities workgroup, visit our website at HEALSLO.com or contact:
Kathleen Karle, Division Manager—Health Promotion
805-781-4929 or email@example.com