Emerging Public Health Initiatives: Culture of Health

Our health is greatly influenced by complex factors such where we live, and the strength of our families and communities. But despite knowing this, positive change is not occurring at a promising pace. To accelerate progress, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has proposed the Culture of Health Framework to accelerate progress toward a future where everyone has the opportunity to live a healthier life.

Together, these action items promote improved population health, well-being and equity measured by individual and community well-being, preventing and treating chronic disease and reducing the cost of health care.  Learn more at: Robert Wood’s Johnson, Building a Culture of Health.

Lake Cumberland District Health Department aspires to work with community partners as we become our communities’ “chief health strategists” while facilitating Community Health Improvement Plans. For more information on these efforts, visit LCDHD: Health Assessments, Analyses and Statistics.

Research prepared by the University of Kentucky, College of Public Health, with support from The Rober Wood Johnson Foundation titled, National Longitudinal Survey of Public Health Systems (NALSYS), 2018 Comparative Report of Survey Results, measures our district’s evolution over time in this regard.

Also, Six Lake Cumberland Counties were identified by Robert Wood’s Johnson as “Bright Spots”, experiencing better health outcomes than expected compared to other Appalachian counties. For more information, see: Lake Cumberland “Bright Spots”.