"The health of a people is measured by more than death rates....It comes as well from an improved quality of life. Health is thus best measured by citizens’ sense of well-being." -Healthy People 2000, U. S. Department of Health and Human Services What does the Pasadena/Altadena Quality of Life Index mean to residents, social service and health professionals, business owners and managers, city officials, volunteers and others in the community? The Quality of Life Index is a locally and internationally recognized community health assessment and guide for priority-setting and decision-making. Through narrative text, vignettes and available statistics, the Index describes how well the Pasadena/Altadena community is meeting broad goals such as community health improvement, effective transportation, housing affordability and quality childcare. Pasadena published its flagship Quality of Life Index in 1992 as a charter city for the California Healthy Cities Project and has continued since that time to use the Index in the development of city departments’ performance measures and budget priorities. An update was published in 1998; the 2002 document was expanded and redesigned; in 2012 the QOL Index team adopted the Association for Community Health Improvement's process to bring an all-new 2012 Quality of Life Index. The process brought together community partners, stakeholders and other key informants to 1) establish the Quality of Life's indicators bringing new indicators to light; 2) define the scope and audience of the QOL Index to an even wider audience; 3) collaboratively collect and analyze local data to ensure a comprehensive set was created; and 4) select priorities for the executive summary to prepare for the Community Health Improvement Plan.
After a long history of completing community health assessments,
this is the first time the public health department has formally set out to create a
Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP process takes findings
from the 2012 Pasadena/Altadena Quality of Life Index to begin a dialogue between the public health
department, community partners, and community members about how to improve the
overall health and well-being of the City of Pasadena. The CHIP addresses more
than the roles and responsibilities of the Public Health Department alone; it
is also a comprehensive record of joint efforts undertaken to redress
Pasadena’s most immediate health concerns. This plan reflects the results of a
participatory planning process that included significant involvement from a
variety of community members. The intent of this plan is to promote
partnerships and coordinate efforts to improve the health of our residents. The
CHIP was created to document these collaborative efforts.
City of Pasadena Community Health Improvement Plan
Youth Master Plan (YMP) Survey