Last updated: May 29, 2018
Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition
The State of Maryland’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) launched a State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) in September 2011. SHIP identifies objectives to improve the health of Maryland residents across five vision areas: (1) Healthy Beginnings, (2) Healthy Living, (3) Healthy Communities, (4) Access to Health Care and (5) Quality Preventive Care. SHIP health improvement measures are aligned with the national Healthy People 2020 objectives established by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The SHIP provides a framework for local action and public engagement by calling for the establishment and long-term sustainability of local health improvement coalitions throughout Maryland.
Under SHIP’s umbrella, the Healthy Anne Arundel Coalition, managed by the County Department of Health, was formed in December 2011. The Coalition’s Steering Committee includes public sector agencies, health care providers and payers, community and faith-based groups, businesses and educational institutions. The purpose of the Coalition is to locally prioritize the SHIP’s objectives and to develop and implement actionable strategies to improve public health. The Coalition Steering Committee decided to focus on three health improvement priorities from 2016 to 2019: (1) obesity prevention, (2) the management of substance abuse and mental health as co-occurring disorders and (3) access to care.
Vision: Healthy County, Healthy People
Mission: Working together as a community to promote the health and wellness of Anne Arundel County residents