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Strategic Priority Promote and protect the public health of the community

No greater challenge faces Arizonans than their physical health. The health care challenge comes in many forms: Its accessibility to underserved populations, its cost and its performance. Yet, Maricopa County government’s historic role has been even more fundamental – the protection of county residents from chronic disease and the prevention of illness caused by the environment. There is also a crucial public education mission. As we have come to appreciate more and more, much of our individual health is determined by lifestyle – the food we eat, the amount of rest, relaxation and exercise we get, the precautions we take in our daily lives, from annual physical checkups and monitoring, immunizations against disease to frequently washing our hands. Arizona, often considered a haven for retirees, has always been a comparatively young state. But with the aging of the large Baby Boomer generation, it too faces an increase in its aging population over the next decade. Maricopa County government, as a steward of the public health and a responsible employer, must promote healthy lifestyles and a culture of good health habits to young and old. We are determined to be both an advocate and a model of good health and a leader in the promotion of healthy, sustainable population.

FY 2011-2015 Strategic Goals:

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  • Strategic Goal #1: By 2015, at least 80% of two-year-old children in Maricopa County will be up-to-date with all vaccines recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).
  • Strategic Goal #2: By 2015, the rate of hospital admissions due to respiratory disease will decrease by 20%.
  • Strategic Goal #3: By 2015, reduce childhood obesity to 15.5%, as measured by data from the Pediatric Nutrition Surveillance System (PedNSS)

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