Citizens United for a Healthy Montgomery County

The Vision

 

Healthy individuals in healthy communities engaged with  a responsive political system dedicated to securing the right of all people to the pursuit of happiness. 

 

We are on a mission to ensure that

 

By July 2026 every American has the opportunity to:

 

flourish and thrive

live and be part of  a healthy community

be  part of a responsive representative local and national political eco-system

access quality affordable health care services.

 

 

Get Involved 

Get Personal: 

 

Health and Wellness

Get Social:

 

Communities and Environment

Get Political:

 

National and Global

Health of the Region: Montgomery County 2020

Health 

 

Economy

 

Education

 

Environment

 

Culture 

 

Nutrition 

 

Public Safety

 

Social Environment

 

Transportation

 

Political Ecosystem

 

Spiritual

 

Current Focus 

My Healthy Montco Ecosystem provides information, digital tools and social media applications to empower users in their personal experience with the health ecosystem, the  healthcare system and engage with various stakeholders (healthcare professional, hospitals, insurance companies, regulators, government officials, and media) to achieve optimal health and healthcare for all.

Hospital Watch: Montgomery County  leverages reliable publicly available data and information about hospitals in the Delaware Valley. Our goal is to make all hospitals in the region top performing hospitals. The  Hospital Watch: Delaware Valley database driven program helps individuals enhance medical decision-making and engages them as citizens, in order to improve health and healthcare services for themselves, their community and the nation. Additionally, Hospital Watch: Delaware Valley  connects to the Tool Box for Citizen Engagement:Take Action (Get personal, Get social, Get Political) for information, ideas and tools for engagement.

The Pain Opioid Epidemic Case Presentation serves for  testing  the use of the case presentation in addressing policy challenges. It is the objective of the Pain Opioid Epidemic Case Presentation to be used by local entities and to be easily configured to local needs and resources.

 

The county platform start March  2020

Community engagement

Community engagement

Across the United States, communities have and utilize different levels of resources to support efforts to maintain and improve individual and family health—for example, addiction treatment programs, emergency medical facilities, and opportunities for social engagement. Availability of healthy food Walkability Community health benefit agenda

Population spending burden

Population spending burden

Health care spending consumes a large portion of the U.S. gross domestic product, dwarfing the health care spending of other nations. This burden can be measured at national, state, local, and institutional levels. Population spending burden Total cost of care Health care spending growth

Life expectancy

Life expectancy

Life expectancy is a validated, readily available, and easily understandable measure for a critical health concept. Because life expectancy depends on a full range of individual and community influences on health—from cancer to homicide—it represents an inclusive, high-level measure for health. Infant mortality Maternal mortality Violence and injury mortality

Well Being

Well Being

Well-being captures the subjective dimensions of health related to quality of life. Furthermore, levels of well-being often predict utilization of and satisfaction with health care. Self reported well-being is a reliable indicator Well-being Multiple chronic conditions Depression

Overweight and obesity

Overweight and obesity

More than two-thirds of Americans are overweight or obese, a fact that has causes and consequences that extend beyond the health system—including socioeconomic, cultural, political, and lifestyle factors. Overweight and obesity Activity levels Healthy eating patterns

Addictive behavior

Addictive behavior

Addiction, including to nicotine, alcohol, and other drugs, is prevalent in the United States, representing a complex challenge for the health system, communities, and families. Every year, substance abuse and addiction cost the country more than $500 billion Tobacco use Drug dependence/illicit use Alcohol dependence/ misuse

Unintended pregnancy

Unintended pregnancy

Unintended pregnancy, a significant challenge for both individual and community health, is a measure that aggregates a variety of social, behavioral, cultural, and health factors— particularly women’s knowledge about and access to tools for family planning. Unintended pregnancy Contraceptive use

Healthy communities

Healthy communities

Individual health is a function of a wide range of socioeconomic and community factors, from infrastructure to social connections. Community health includes critical elements of health that fall outside the care system, such as housing, employment, and environmental factors. Healthy communities Childhood poverty rate Childhood asthma Air quality index Drinking water quality index

Preventive services

Preventive services

Preventive services (for example, screening for hearing loss or counseling for tobacco cessation) present a valuable opportunity for both improving health and reducing costs Preventive services Influenza immunization Colorectal cancer screening Breast cancer screening

Care access

Care access

A person’s ability to access care when needed is a critical precondition for a high quality health system. Factors that could hamper access to care include lack of health insurance, clinician shortages, lack of transportation, cultural and linguistic barriers, and physical limitations. Care access Usual source of care Delay of needed care

Patient safety

Patient safety

Avoiding harm is among the principal responsibilities of the health care system, yet adverse outcomes are common. Ensuring patient safety will require a culture that prioritizes and assesses safety through a reliable index of organizational results. Patient safety Wrong-site surgery Pressure ulcers Medication reconciliation

Evidence-based care

Evidence-based care

Ensuring that patients receive care supported by scientific evidence for appropriateness and effectiveness is a central challenge for the health care system. Currently, an estimated one-third of U.S. health care expenditures do not contribute to improving health. Aggregating carefully selected and standardized clinical measures can provide a reliable composite index of system performance Evidence-based care Cardiovascular risk reduction Hypertension control Diabetes cont

Individual engagement

Individual engagement

Given the effects of personal choices on health, as well as the increasing use of personal health devices, it is critical for individuals to be aware of their options and responsibilities in caring for their own health and that of their families and communities. Individual engagement Involvement in health initiatives

Personal spending burden

Personal spending burden

Care that is too expensive can limit access to care, lead people to avoid care, or prevent them from spending money in other areas of value to them—with far-reaching economic impacts. Personal spending burden Health care–related bankruptcies

Care match with patient goals

Care match with patient goals

Systematically assessing each patient’s individual goals and perspectives ensures that the health care system is focusing on the aspects of care that matter most to patients. Care match with patient goals Patient experience Shared decision making End-of-life/advanced care planning

Health of the Nation 2021

September, 2021

Tentatively

People's Plaza

Independence Hall National Park

 

The Healthy Montco Conversation Blog provides a framework for dialogue that is built on the foundation of respect, facts, and dedication to American democracy and values.

 

We invite you to participate in our conversation with that goal in mind. Over the next year we will discuss the following topics, in conjunction with the various Citizens4health activities.