Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Health Care Authority named a Healthy People 2030 Champion

HCA is the first Washington State government agency to earn the distinction.

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Submitted by WSHCAOLYMPIA - The Washington State Health Care Authority has been recognized as a Healthy People 2030 Champion by the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

HCA is one of only three organizations in Washington State – and the only government entity in Washington – to have earned this designation. As a Healthy People 2030 Champion, HCA has demonstrated a commitment to helping create a society in which all people can achieve their full potential for health and well-being across their lifespan. HCA joins a growing network of organizations partnering with ODPHP to improve health and well-being at the local, state, and tribal level.

"HCA is incredibly proud to be named a Healthy People 2030 Champion by ODPHP. This designation is a testament to our commitment to improving the health and well-being of all Washington residents," said Dr. Judy Zerzan-Thul, Chief Medical Officer at HCA. "We believe in a healthier Washington and are excited to partner with ODPHP and other organizations in this important work.”

HCA addresses disease prevention and health promotion in all its work, including:

• Diabetes prevention programs in our public employees and school employees benefits programs;

• Community Prevention and Wellness Initiative, a coalition that provides substance abuse prevention services and strategies to local communities.

• Well-child visits for adolescents in our Apple Health (Medicaid) program.

• Advancing health equity through Washington State’s Pro-Equity Anti-Racism Plan and Playbook;

• First Steps maternity and infant care services for Apple Health clients.

• Supportive housing and supported employment through Foundational Community Supports.

Healthy People 2030 is the fifth iteration of the Healthy People initiative, which sets 10-year national objectives to improve health and well-being nationwide. Healthy People 2030 Champions are public and private organizations that work to help achieve Healthy People objectives. They receive official support and recognition from ODPHP.

"ODPHP is thrilled to recognize HCA for its work to support the Healthy People 2030 vision," said Rear Admiral Paul Reed, MD, ODPHP director. "Only by collaborating with partners nationwide can we achieve Healthy People 2030’s overarching goals and objectives.”

About the Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (ODPHP): ODPHP plays a vital role in keeping the nation healthy through Healthy People 2030, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans, the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness & Nutrition, and other programs, services, and education activities. ODPHP is part of the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health (OASH) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. To learn more about ODPHP, visit health.gov or follow @HealthGov on Twitter

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