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Rita Landgraf, Secretary
Jill Fredel, Director of Communications
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Date: July 22, 2014
DOVER (July 21, 2014) - Delaware has completed its first State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). The purpose of the plan is to
establish a long-term, systematic effort to address the most important public health problems in Delaware. Approximately 45
agencies participated in the development of the plan, including health care organizations, businesses, community-based
organizations, and government. The plan uses state data on health indicators such as obesity and cancer rates, demographics, and
even social indicators such as homelessness. Also considered are perceptions of community assets and potential forces of change and
opportunities for improvement. As a result of the community collaborative work, two goals were developed, which if addressed, would
have a significant impact on the health of Delawareans:
Work groups will soon be convening around these two priorities and will use the following strategies to implement their vision:
"What makes this noteworthy is that this is the community's plan," said Dr. Karyl Rattay, DPH Division Director. "The many organizations that participated in this process and who care about the health of Delawareans collectively agree that these are the two most important health problems for us to address. It is now up to all of us to implement activities that will help us reach this goal."
The SHIP can be accessed at the following website: dhss.delaware.gov/dhss/dph/sha.html
Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations. DPH, a division of DHSS, urges Delawareans to make healthier choices with the 5-2-1 Almost None campaign: eat 5 or more fruits and vegetables each day, have no more than 2 hours of recreational screen time each day (includes TV, computer, gaming), get 1 or more hours of physical activity each day, drink almost no sugary beverages.
Delaware Health and Social Services is committed to improving the quality of the lives of Delaware's citizens by promoting health and well-being, fostering self-sufficiency, and protecting vulnerable populations.