The Partnerships for a Healthier Charles County (PHCC) was established in 1994 to serve as a community health network and as a forum for collaboration and sharing of information between county agencies and services. Over thirty non-profit and county agencies are represented in the membership.
Executive leadership of the PHCC is shared by the heads of four local entities: the Charles County Department of Health, Charles County Public Schools, University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center and the College of Southern Maryland. A steering committee composed of representatives from each of the four entities serves as an advisory board to the executive leadership. The steering meeting meets quarterly to set the priorities and direction of the coalition.
The focus of the PHCC is to improve the health outcomes of county residents as laid out the Charles County Health Needs Assessment, which was completed in April 2011 and the Maryland State Health Improvement Process which was introduced in September 2011 as well as the federal Healthy People 2020 goals..