Charles County

Local Health Improvement Coalition

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 and include a diverse group of agencies from government, health care, non-profit, social services, community services, insurance companies, health clinics, public schools, college, public health, and faith-based.

The focus of the PHCC is to improve the health outcomes of county residents as laid out the Charles County Health Needs Assessment, the Maryland State Health Improvement Process, and the federal Healthy People 2030 goals.

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.

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.

Executive leadership of the PHCC is shared by the heads of four local entities: the Charles County Department of Health, the Charles County Public Schools, the University of Maryland Charles Regional Medical Center and the College of Southern Maryland. A steering committee is composed of representatives from each of the four entities and serves as an advisory board to the executive leadership. The steering committee meets quarterly to set the priorities and direction of the coalition.

Click here to view the Partnerships for a Healthier Charles County Charter

2024 Meeting Dates:

Membership is open to everyone. All meetings are held quarterly in February, May, September, and December from 11-1 at the Waldorf Jaycees Community Center.

The meeting dates for 2024 are:

  • May 15, 2024
  • September 18, 2024
  • December 11, 2024

Community Health Needs Assessment Process:

The Charles County Community Health Needs Assessment Report is conducted every 3 years. The latest report was completed in 2021. The next community health needs assessment is currently ongoing.

After cumulative analysis of both quantitative and qualitative data collection, the steering committee used the Hanlon method to objectively prioritize health needs in the county taking into account the size of the problem, the seriousness of the problem, and the effectiveness of interventions. The health needs prioritized include: 1. Chronic Disease Prevention and Management: This includes major cardiovascular disease, obesity, and diabetes 2. Behavioral Health: Including mental health and substance use 3. Access to Care: Emphasis on health literacy, social determinants of health, and physician recruitment/retainment.

There are 3 active subcommittees based on the identified health priorities: Access to Care, Behavioral Health, and Chronic Disease Prevention and Management Team. Each team has developed a 3-year action plan for FY22-24 with short term, intermediate, and long-term objectives as well as defined strategies and activities for obtaining those goals. The teams meet monthly or quarterly to work on collaborative projects and to provide updates on work being done in the county.

The PHCC Teams:

Online PHCC Member Interest Form:

If you are interested in joining the PHCC or one of the PHCC teams, please complete the short form below. Someone will be in contact with you shortly. Thank you for your interest and desire to help us improve the health of Charles County.