Strategic Health Plan

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By: Kathy BarrosoPicture of Kathy Barroso
Chief Executive Officer
Galveston County Health District

When we updated the vision statement of the Galveston County Health District last year, we were bold. Simply put, we want “to become the healthiest county in Texas.” This vision is far more than a slogan; it’s a goal we’re striving to accomplish.

So, how do we get there? Through months of work, analysis and input from stakeholders, our employees and the United Board of Health, we have developed a draft 5-year Strategic Health Plan to serve as a roadmap. We encourage you to take a look and provide feedback before the plan is finalized in late February.

Providing input on the plan is easy. We’ve made it available below with a comment section for each priority. The previously approved Animal Services Strategic Plan and Coastal Health & Wellness Strategic Plan are also included and available for input. Comments will be accepted online and via phone (409-938-2273) February 1-15.

The final draft of the plan will be brought to the February United Board of Health meeting for approval. The meeting will also serve as a final opportunity for public comment. The board meets February 22 at 6 p.m. in the board room of the Mid-County Annex located at 9850-A Emmett F. Lowry Expressway in Texas City.

We hope you can spare a little time to review the draft plan and let us know what you think.

Your input is vital as we work to fulfill our mission of “protecting and promoting the optimal health and well-being of Galveston County.”

Click here for a printer-friendly version of the DRAFT plan.



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Priority 1: Cultivate a Healthier and Safer Community.

Goal 1.1 Encourage Active Living and Healthy Eating Within the Community


1.1.1:  By December 2017, conduct a community assessment to determine the dietary and exercise habits of residents, identify solutions that might help improve these habits and identify community resources and potential partners that could assist in this effort.   

1.1.2:  By July 2018, restructure and relaunch the GCHD Community Wellness website with an increased focus on healthy eating and physical activity options.

1.1.3:  By October 2018, develop a Healthy Eating, Active Living Community Health Initiative (HEAL) that works with both the public and private sectors to increase awareness of healthier food options and promote physical activities (through all life stages) in an effort to prevent diseases that often result from obesity.

1.1.4:  By December 2018, create and provide a worksite wellness toolkit for distribution to employers in Galveston County. 


Goal 1.2 Pursue Collaborations among Multi-Sector Stakeholders to Identify and Implement Innovative Solutions that Protect and Promote the Health of our Community


1.2.1:  By December 2018, develop and implement a diverse community partner outreach plan to increase health knowledge and self-sufficiency through a range of activities such as community education, informal counseling and social support.  (Activity: recruit and utilize community health workers in this initiative)

1.2.2:  By December 2018, work with hospitals and other groups to identify all new mothers in the county and work towards a goal of 80% of new mothers breastfeeding in the early postpartum period.

1.2.3:  By December 2020, ensure implementation of at least four new coalitions or workgroups that focus on improving the health and well-being of our community by using a community-based strategy.    


Goal 1.3 Increase Community Safety and Prevent Potential for Injuries and Diseases


1.3.1:  By August 2017, develop a strategy through public education and enforcement to address unpermitted food operations, and to reduce the number of priority item violations observed in food establishments by 10%.

1.3.2:  By August 2017, develop and distribute a resource guide to food establishments on proper food safety and how to prepare for a successful food safety inspection.

1.3.3:  By December 2017, expand a STD/HIV targeted outreach campaign in order to reduce new STD/HIV infections and improve linkage to timely, high quality care.    

1.3.4:  By December 2017, prepare a trend analysis of childhood immunization rates in Galveston County and work with immunization stakeholders to identify barriers and develop an action plan for improvement.    

1.3.5:  By December 2019, disseminate information related to the adverse health effects pertaining to the use of tobacco and electronic smoking devices, and identify cessation referral options.

1.3.6:  By December 2019, work with the Texas Department of Transportation, County of Galveston and local jurisdictions to launch awareness campaigns for motorcycle safety and motor vehicle accidents due to distracted driving. 

1.3.7:  By January 2020, increase community accessibility to public health emergency services by increasing the number of point of distribution (POD) sites by 50% and providing medical countermeasures in support of treatment or prophylaxis to the affected population. 

1.3.8:  By July 2020, identify and explore options for additional enforcement tools to increase regulatory compliance related to environmental health (i.e., air pollution, water pollution, public health nuisance, etc.). 

1.3.9:  By January 2021, improve the response capabilities of responders while dealing with high consequence infectious diseases and emergency events. (Activities: implementing a more collaborative approach to disaster response at the local level… i.e. cross-training EMS personnel to deploy a POD)


Goal 1.4 Engage the Community to Prevent and Reduce Chronic Disease Incidence, Morbidity and Mortality by Promoting Screening and Education


1.4.1:  By December 2017, increase the number of breast and cervical cancer screenings provided through Health District programs by 10% in the first year and an additional 5% per year thereafter.   

1.4.2:  By December 2017, expand glucose testing by public health nurses through community outreach events and make referrals for medical follow-up and/or educational programs when needed.    

1.4.3:  By December 2017, establish a diabetes education program at GCHD to serve diabetic patients and patients at risk.

1.4.4:  By December 2020, develop a Mobile Integrated Health program that utilizes EMS personnel for education and health promotion programs as well as delivery of primary and post-discharge follow-up care.