The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the need for local public health response in coordination with broader county efforts. Additionally, services for those experiencing homelessness and issues around safe streets and community engagement are top of mind for our community. BCHD also has a long history of financially supporting the local Fire Departments and the Redondo Beach Police Department Domestic Violence program as well as the local Citizen’s Emergency Response Teams (CERT). These established relationships were vital to the community response to COVID-19. The pandemic has broadened awareness of the public health issues that can face a community. BCHD has a role to play in supporting the community and responding to the next public health crisis.
Social determinants of health are defined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as conditions in the places where people live, learn, work and play that affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. Similarly, the World Health Organization defines social determinants of health as the conditions in which people are born, grow, live, work and age. These circumstances are shaped by the distribution of money, power and resources at global, national and local levels. They state social determinants of health are mostly responsible for health inequities – the unfair and avoidable differences in health status seen within and between countries. The data in this section is presented in the five key areas identified in the Healthy People 2030 report: Neighborhood and Built Environment, Social and Community Context, Economic Stability, Education Access and Quality and Healthcare Access.
To view the data and read the full Community Health Report 2022 visit, www.bchd.org/healthreport.
2022-2025 Strategic Objectives
- Improve emergency preparedness
- Increase community access to and education about preventive health programs and services
- Increase community awareness and education, for the public and partner organizations, regarding social determinants of health and health equity
- Increase community capacity to respond to public health crises (e.g. COVID-19)
- Improve biking and walking infrastructure
- Increase equitable and inclusive delivery of BCHD programs and services
- Reduce homelessness
Objectives are included as examples of planning goals and are not meant to be an exhaustive list.