How can we advance a safe and healthy California for all?
Power of Prevention
Promote new and improved policies, systems, and environments that improve health and advance health equity.
Advance Health Equity
Health Equity is when all people have “the opportunity to ‘attain their full health potential’ and no one is ‘disadvantaged from achieving this potential because of their social position or other socially determined circumstance.”
Promote Collective Action
Tackle complex challenges by channeling efforts of diverse partners toward a common focus using common measures of success.
What is the Role of Let’s Get Healthy California?
The State Health Assessment (SHA) provides a snapshot of health for the entire population, across a range of conditions and factors. Let’s Get Healthy California – the SHA – identifies key health issues and contributing factors, elevates disparities and inequities, and identifies assets and resources that can be mobilized to address these health improvement opportunities. The SHA provides a strong foundation to inform program and policy planning and development.
The state health improvement plan (SHIP) connects a wide variety of plans, programs, and initiatives across California, at both the state and local level. Let’s Get Healthy California (LGHC) – the SHIP – lays out an overarching framework and strategic approach to unify efforts across the state that are working to address shared priorities identified within LGHC.
The Emerging Issues (EI) process serves as an extension of the State Health Assessment (SHA) and the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) by building capacity to respond to emerging issues and cross-cutting priorities that arise between the SHA/SHIP cycle. The EI process identifies potential health concerns, examines these topics with subject matter experts, determines the public health role in these issues, and plans next steps as it relates to intervention and/or adoption into the broader SHA/SHIP framework.
Background – At a Glance
Let’s Get Healthy California is often associated with the Task Force Report and the Statewide Innovation Challenges and Conferences. However, since its adoption as the state health assessment and improvement plan, LGHC has also been leveraged as an asset for identifying and elevating cross-cutting health priorities and emerging issues at the state and local level.
In 2012, the California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Agency convened the Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force to develop a 10-year plan for improving the health and wellbeing of California. The Task Force brought together a diverse group of leaders from across the state – including representation from state and local government, health systems and insurers, philanthropic organizations, academia, community organizations, and a range of other multisector partners – to develop a shared vision for what it would look like to be the healthiest state in the nation.
With the Triple Aim (better health, better care, and lower costs) as a foundation, and informed by extensive and wide-ranging feedback, the Task Force produced the LGHC Task Force Report and overarching framework for measuring progress in improving the health of California.
The Task Force officially concluded after publishing the LGHC Task Force Report and initial framework in December 2012. However, the representatives have remained active partners in implementing efforts to advance the shared vision.
In 2014, the California Department of Public Health adopted Let’s Get Healthy California (LGHC) as the state’s health assessment and improvement plan (SHA/SHIP). With the California Health and Human Services (CHHS) Agency spearheading the initiative and CDPH serving as the backbone organization, the LGHC collaborative puts health and equity at the forefront of program and policy planning and provides a vehicle for state government to work collaboratively with partners to advance the health of California.
Let’s Get Healthy California (LGHC) has developed and strengthened infrastructure for data collection, analysis and visualization. One of the unique and valuable aspects of LGHC is the breadth of data and contextual information used to provide a snapshot of the health of California that goes beyond any single sector. The diverse range of data sources includes contributions from public health, hospitals, health systems, social services, education, behavioral health, and community planning.
In 2016, CDPH launched LetsGetHealthy.ca.gov, a dynamic website and data dashboard where users can view progress in key areas, explore data visualizations, and learn about innovative work happening in communities across the state. In addition to presenting data around key issues, the LGHC website also links that data with strategies and interventions; serving as a valuable tool to inform, connect and empower communities and partners.
The power of Let’s Get Healthy California (LGHC) is in strategically leveraging population and system level data to identify opportunities for greatest impact to target collective efforts. LGHC provides an impetus for convening stakeholders, policymakers, and the public to join together for dialogue and planning to advance progress in LGHC areas of focus and create a statewide culture of health.
Let’s Get Healthy California has developed a statewide collaborative, where state and local government together with partners in many sectors can innovate around key issues and disparities, learn from one another, leverage each other’s efforts and share best practices.
Let’s Get Healthy California facilitates workshops, communities of practice, leadership convenings and statewide conferences to support integrated planning and collective action towards comprehensive solutions that address the root causes of California’s toughest health challenges.