Letter from the Chief Medical Advisor, William Kim, M.D.
In 2005, Beach Cities Health District (BCHD) created a data-driven strategic planning process to prioritize and outline funding and programmatic decisions. The plan includes a community needs assessment process, which informs the BCHD Community Health Snapshot Report and provides data to help BCHD achieve its vision and meet its strategic planning goals.
This report addresses our primary strategic planning goal of measurably improving the health and well-being of Beach Cities residents across the lifespan. The goal is divided up throughout the lifespan — youth, adults and older adults — with indicators and emerging issues for each age group.
BCHD’s partnership with Blue Zones Project® has afforded access to the Gallup | Healthways Well-Being Index® (WBI). The WBI is a national measure of well-being that provides leaders with the information they need to create solutions for making their community healthier. The Community Health Snapshot Report 2016 also incorporates the national strategic directions and target priorities from the National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy and Healthy People 2020.