BY DAN PARTRIDGE | Director
Traditionally the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department has protected the public from acute diseases whose genesis are environmental or communicable in nature. Today, however, chronic diseases — rooted in our behaviors rather than biology — represent our most significant health problems.
To effectively address chronic diseases, the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department needed to develop the capacity to understand what drives our health outcomes and to convene stakeholders willing to work to address them. The standards outlined by the Public Health Accreditation Board are a strong indication that we have such a capacity.
We take the opportunity of becoming a nationally accredited health department to tell our story. This Healthier Together video illustrates in less than three minutes how we work in both traditional and new ways to fulfill our vision of a community where good health is possible for all. Thank you for taking the time to watch and please “like” and share the video below with your friends.