Webcast: Community Health Improvement Plan

REPLAY VIDEO: Bexar County Health Collaborative, San Antonio Metro Health, and Health Resources in Action released the Bexar County Community Health Improvement Plan on May 16 at the TriPoint YMCA, located at 3233 N. St. Mary’s St.

The Community Health Improvement Plan is a long-term, systematic effort to address health problems on the basis of the results of assessment activities and the community health improvement process. While all of the presenters agreed that narrowing down the community's health needs to only five priority areas was difficult, the following priorities were identified based on data collected in previous health assessments, the community need and demand for services and available resources. A committee of more than 40 people also considered what goals would be achievable and measurable, the political will of the community and the markatability of programs.

  • Healthy Eating and Active Living - place more resources in target areas and increase active transportation
  • Healthy Child and Family Development - make pregnancy and early childhood the focus of system-level changes, increase health and social services in target areas
  • Safe Communities - Increase community and youth involvement in law enforcement programs and reduce stray animal population
  • Behavioral and Mental Well-Being - improve and increase access to comprehensive behavioral health services
  • Sexual Health - Ensure access to education and resources to promote sexual health, reduce teen birth rates and cases of congenital syphilis


NOWCastSA webcast the event live, and archived the video right here on this page.  The webcast and video were sponsored by the Health Collaborative.

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Previous coverage

In February 2011 the Bexar County Community Health Collaborative released its 2010 health portrait, highlighting concerns about the area's obesity epidemic, teen pregnancy and the continuing stigma around mental health issues. NOWCastSA webcast the event, but due to technological issues, video from that session is not currently available.  NOWCastSA also produced webcasts of events leading up to the 2010 health portrait, including a community conversation at the Benavides Learning & Leadership Development Center on May 5, 2010 and a public forum at the Claude Black Community Center in October, 2010.

NOWCastSA staff held community journalist training sessions at the Good Samaritan Community Services Center, Benavides Learning & Leadership Development Center and the Esperanza Peace and Justice Center and guided a team of periodistas for six weeks as they investigated and reported on health issues in their communities. Their work was instrumental in encouraging the City of San Antonio to adopt a Complete Streets model.

Most recently, NOWCastSA produced videos of the Health Collaborative's Health Literacy Conference in October, 2011.

Disclosure: Key individuals involved with the Health Collaborative also serve on NOWCastSA's board of directors: Pilar Oates, Executive Director of Methodist Healthcare Ministries, and Thomas Schlenker, Director of Health of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District.