2. 2020 Vision for Sonoma County
By the year 2020, we envision that Sonoma County will be the healthiest county in California… It will be a healthy place to live, work, and play… a place where people thrive and achieve their life potential.
For many people in Sonoma County, the basic conditions that support health and well-being seem to be out of reach. Many families struggle to make ends meet and over 25% of our youth do not graduate from high school on time, thus reducing their chances of becoming productive and healthy adults. Sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy eating contribute to increasing levels of obesity and overweight in our community, yet many residents lack access to affordable healthy foods and opportunities for physical activity. Other unhealthy behaviors, such as tobacco use and substance abuse, and lack of access to health care services further contribute to preventable illness and death in our community each year.
To achieve our 2020 vision, Sonoma County must address key social, economic, and environmental determinants of health, must support healthy behaviors and lifestyles, and must assure access to quality health care services. To move aggressively in this direction, Health Action drew upon existing research to identify the following 10 health goals that would significantly contribute to improved health status in Sonoma County. For each of these goals, Health Action has set ambitious targets to help align community efforts and to help assess our progress (Table 1). See Appendix 1 for information on the methodology for selecting indicators and data sources. Health Action will stimulate and support steps that individuals, health care providers, businesses, and community organizations can take help reach our ambitious goals by 2020....