CSU, Chico News

Community Health Leadership Summit Sponsored by California State University, Chico Aims to Improve Health Across the North State

Date: 10-28-2016

Michele Buran
Center for Healthy Communities
Michele Chandler
Public Affairs

To inspire new strategies that nurture community well-being, the Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) at California State University, Chico will host the North State Healthy Communities Leadership Summit.

The summit will take place on Nov. 1 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Enloe Hospital Conference Center, 1528 Esplanade in Chico. Coffee and registration will be held from 8:30-9 a.m. Summit registration includes lunch.

So far, community health leaders from 11 counties in the North State have confirmed their attendance at the event, including representatives from the public health departments of nine counties as well as officials from Feather River Hospital, FoodCorps, Northern Valley Catholic Social Service, Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. and Enloe Medical Center.

The CHC is emphasizing collaboration and partnerships designed to improve the health of residents across the North State, which can be negatively impacted by a variety of issues. Based on Community Health Needs Assessments conducted by counties and hospitals in the region, key factors that influence health are poverty, transportation, food access and access to health care services.

“Did you know that ZIP codes determine how long and how well residents will live?” said the event's organizer, Far North CA4Health Project Director Michele Buran, who is also a physical activity specialist with the CHC. “ZIP codes be more important than genetic codes as a health indicator, simply because ZIP codes signal differences in education, income, race, ethnicity and where and how people live.”

The summit will inspire new efforts to support community health improvement efforts through new partnerships and funding strategies, according to the event’s organizers.

“Anyone who is interested in creating health communities in Northern California by increasing access to healthy food and creating opportunities for active living, enhancing local food systems and making the healthy choice the easy choice” should attend the event, said Buran.