Overview of PHCC

Mission

The MISSION of the Partnerships for a Healthier Charles County is to serve as a community health network and forum for collaboration to identify and address the health needs of our community.

Vision

The VISION of the Partnerships for a Healthier County is to improve the health and quality of life for all Charles County citizens with the goal of increasing life expectancy across all racial and ethnic groups.

Description

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 through community collaboration and effective partnerships. Health improvement projects are data driven and developed using the Charles County Community Health Needs Assessment Report and Health Improvement Plan, both completed in May 2018. The goals and strategies of the PHCC mirror the benchmarks defined in the State Health Improvement Process and the Healthy People 2020 Goals and Objectives.

The PHCC has three active subcommittees: the Access to Care Team, the Behavioral Health Team, and the Chronic Disease Prevention Team. Each team has created a three year action plan with strategies and objectives that are specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-oriented.

Membership

Membership is free and open to anyone with an interest in working to improve the health of Charles County.

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