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Remembering Jim Guidry Bay Area Houston Economic Partnership
Galveston County
Your Input is Vital to Planning for Our Community’s Health and Well-Being
by Kathy Barroso, Chief Executive Officer
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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, we 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.

Priority 1: Cultivate a Healthier and Safer Community

  • Goal: 1.1 Encourage Active Living and Healthy Eating Within the Community

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

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

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

Priority 2: Develop and Sustain a Stronger Workforce

  • Goal 2.1: Establish and Sustain Education and Training Programs to Enhance Skills and Talents

  • Goal 2.2 Strengthen Employee Well-Being and Compensation Plans

  • Goal 2.3 Promote a Work Environment of Growth and Creativity

Priority 3: Provide a Financial System and Structure that will Sustain Growth and Development

  • Goal 3.1: Improve Internal and External Communications of Financial Reports Policies, Procedures, Budgets and Systems

  • Goal 3.2: Explore New and Alternative Opportunities to Strengthen Revenue and Reduce Costs

  • Goal 3.3: Evaluate Public Health Services for Cost Effectiveness, Efficiency and Community Need

  • Goal 3.4: Create a Long Term Plan and Policy for Maintaining an Adequate and Sustainable Fund Balance

Priority 4: Enhance Public Health Communication Efforts

  • Goal 4.1: Increase Community Awareness of Public Health Functions and Services

  • Goal 4.2: Ensure Effective Communication with the Public and Stakeholders

Priority 5: Strengthen Operational Processes and Infrastructure

  • Goal 5.1: Evaluate Processes and Develop Action Plans to Maximize Efficiencies

  • Goal 5.2: Improve Workflow Efficiencies through the Use of Technology

  • Goal 5.3: Assess Facilities to Determine if Suitable for Public Health & Emergency Services

  • Goal 5.4: Strengthen the Organization by Advancing Quality and Performance Standards

Providing input on the plan is easy. We’ve made it available online at with a comment section for each priority. The previously approved Animal Services Strategic Plan and Coastal Health & Wellness Strategic Plan are included online and are also available for input. Comments will be accepted online and via phone (409-938-2273) January 31 through February 15.

The final draft of the plan will be brought to the February United Board of Health meeting for approval, which 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.

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

Kathy Barroso is the Chief Executive Officer of the Galveston County Health District.

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