Public Health Department
The Cumberland County Public Health Department brings people, organizations, and communities together to promote wellbeing and protect the health of people and the communities where they live, learn, work and play.
The Cumberland County Public Health Department recognizes that health and wellbeing are impacted by many things including the community conditions in which people live; cultural norms; the ability to access basic resources; the health of the environment and the level of protection from climate change; as well as individual knowledge, behaviors, and experiences. The Department strives to create connections and collaborations across the county with the goal of ensuring all people have the opportunity to live long healthy lives.
Over the past year, the Cumberland County Public Health Department facilitated a process to create a 4-year Community Health Improvement Plan.
The process included:
- Guidance from an Advisory Committee, made up of public health professionals from across Cumberland County.
- Analysis of public health data with a focus on populations with the greatest barriers to health, including people living in rural areas, people who are low-income, older adults, people who are immigrants, refugees, or seeking asylum, people who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer + (LGBTQ+) and/or people who are Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC).
- Key Informant interviews with 40 community and organizational leaders and focus groups with over 170 participants.
- Prioritization of strategies that are most likely to impact the community conditions in which people live and health inequities.
The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) will guide the development and the work of the Cumberland County Public Health Department. The CHIP can also be used by other organizations, municipalities and communities as they look to address the key health issues facing our communities.
Municipalities can use the CHIP to educate community members and guide policy and practice changes to improve community conditions and impact health.
School Districts can use the CHIP to find partnerships and build collaborations with organizations already working to address health problems and community conditions that impact students' ability to learn.
Community Members can use the CHIP to support their own advocacy efforts for changes needed to create a healthier community for all.
Community-based organizations can use information in the CHIP in their applications for additional funding, to educate key leaders, and to support their collaborative efforts to improve health for all.
If you'd like to provide feedback on the CHIP or let us know about current efforts to implement the priority strategies listed in the CHIP, please use this Survey.