New Community Health Improvement Plan
New Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Prioritizes Access to Child Care and Mental & Emotional Well-Being
Larimer County Department of Health and Environment has just announced the 2018-2023 CHIP priorities, based on input from over 180 community partners. The following priorities received final approval by the Larimer County Board of Health on March 15, 2018:
In an Equitable and Culturally Responsive Manner,
- Promoting Mental and Emotional Well-being across the Lifespan:
- Address Gaps in Required Continuum of Care
- Substance Use Disorder and Treatment
- Primary Prevention
- Access to Quality Childcare:
- Recruitment and Retention of the Childcare Workforce
- Infant and Toddler Care
Both priorities align with what we know young children need. The Leap Coalition will continue to support the first priority by connecting and strengthening systems so that young children in Larimer County are supported in their social and emotional wellbeing in a culturally responsive manner.
The second priority, increasing access to quality child care, is a critical need in our community, and setting this as a priority is a recognition that lack of access is a health as well as an economic issue. Research has shown that high quality early childhood education can be a protective factor against lifelong disorders and disabilities. ECCLC is looking forward to partnering with CHIP to continue to address the critical shortage of care in Larimer County.