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2014 California Wellness Plan

Click here to view California Wellness Plan (PDF) 

The California Wellness Plan (Plan) is the result of a statewide process led by CDPH to develop a roadmap with partners to create communities in which people can be healthy, improve the quality of clinical and community care, increase access to usable health information, assure continued public health capacity to achieve health equity, and empower communities to create healthier environments.


CDPH chronic disease and health promotion program staff and statewide partners were involved in the development of this Plan. Through this coordinated effort, CDPH provides a venue to align public health chronic disease prevention and health promotion efforts to ensure the best possible population health outcomes for all Californians. The aim of the Plan is to find common approaches to reduce the burden and impact of chronic disease in California.

California Department of Public Health’s California Wellness Plan Implementation Presentation July 1, 2014 (PDF)

California Wellness Plan Data Reference Guide  

Click here to view California Wellness Plan Data Reference Guide at the CDPH Open Data Portal (New Window) 

The purpose of the California Wellness Plan Data Reference Guide is to provide the public with details, and when possible online access, to the lowest-level data source (local, regional) for each Plan Objective, as well as written instructions to access data.  In alignment with the Let’s Get Healthy California Taskforce Report (December 2012) priorities, each Plan objective serves as a guideline for efforts to make California the healthiest state in the United States of America by 2022.


New!Comprehensive Medication Management Programs:  Description, Impacts, and 2015 Status in Southern California  

Click here to view Comprehensive Medication Management Programs: Description, Impacts, and 2015 Status in Southern California (PDF, 2.6MB, New Window) 

Comprehensive medication management (CMM) is an evidence-based, physician approved, pharmacist-led, preventive clinical service ensuring optimal use of medications that is effective at improving health outcomes for high-risk patients while decreasing health care costs.  This white paper sees to describe the current landscape, including delivery, use, outcomes, benefits and challenges of CMM in Southern California as of May 2015.


Health in Planning within California's Local Health Departments, 2015  

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Health in Planning within California's Local Health Departments, 2015 summarizes the results of an environmental scan conducted to assess local health department (LHD) involvement in creating healthy built environments through community design and land use planning in California.


economic Burden of chronic disease in California 2015

Click here to view the CDPH Economic Burden of Chronic Disease in California Report (PDF, 4MB, New Window)

The purpose of this report is to estimate the health care cost in 2010 for each of the 58 counties in California for treating arthritis, asthma, cardiovascular disease (stroke, hypertension, coronary heart disease, and congestive heart failure), diabetes, cancer, and depression.

Additional Resources


Commitment to Action

Partner Feedback & Engagement

Advancing the California Wellness Plan, May 6, 2015

On May 6, 2015 a group of leaders in chronic disease prevention from around the state gathered to offer midcourse guidance on advancing Let’s Get Healthy California priorities and California Wellness Plan goals, as well as creating equity in health in California.  Consensus from the meeting confirmed that achievement of meaningful success in each of the goal areas relies on continued collaboration, advice, action and investment from all partners and constituencies.  Over the next two years, Partners would like the California Department of Public Health to: document progress while diffusing innovation, engage community in all stages of the work, and focus on primary prevention and systems change in order to create equity in health more broadly.

New! May 6, 2015 Advancing the California Wellness Plan Meeting Summary (PDF, new window)


Advancing Prevention in the 21st Century, Commitment to Action 2014 (P21)

On February 13 and 14, 2014, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) hosted a statewide chronic disease prevention meeting, titled Advancing Prevention in the 21st Century, Commitment to Action 2014 (P21) in Sacramento. The meeting was co-sponsored by the California Conference of Local Health Officers (CCLHO), the County Health Executives Association of California (CHEAC), and the CCLHO/CHEAC Chronic Disease Prevention Leadership Project.

The meeting brought together statewide partners from public and private sector organizations to advance shared policy, health system, and health information strategies outlined in the California Wellness Plan. P21 built on the momentum of the 2011-2013 chronic disease prevention partner forums that brought together experts and community partners from multiple organizations and sectors to solicit feedback on the Goals, Strategies and Objectives of the nine year Plan.

As a result of P21 Meeting, there is now an increased capacity to implement chronic disease prevention activities and take advantage of opportunities; and a two-year chronic disease prevention agenda with priority strategies, action steps and resource commitment for each Plan Goal.

P21 Outcomes

P21 Meeting Summary (PDF, new window)


Agenda & Meeting Materials Navigation:

Roadmap to Prevention P21 Breakout Sessions Four Goal Areas, Focus Areas, and Reference Articles
P21 Agenda P21 General Session Slides


Roadmap to Prevention

The overarching goal of the California Wellness Plan (Plan) is Equity in Health and Wellbeing, with an emphasis on the elimination of preventable chronic disease. To attain this, the Plan’s Goals were determined by partners through a collaborative statewide process. Statewide partners have proposed Focus Areas listed below around which to align efforts as a means to achieve synergy and greater impact.

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P21 Breakout Sessions

The Breakout Sessions focused on a specific Goal and the respective Focus Area(s); participants were asked to:

  1. Participate in Discussion;
  2. Determine and Prioritize Strategies;
  3. Develop Action Steps, and;
  4. Make Commitments.

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Four Goal Areas, Focus Areas and Reference Articles

GOAL 1: Healthy Communities

Focus Area: Create healthy, safe, built environments that promote active transport, regular daily physical activity, healthy eating and other healthy behaviors, such as by adoption of health considerations into General Plans.

Optimal Health Systems Linked with Community Prevention

Focus Area: Build on strategic opportunities, current investments and innovations in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, prevention, and expanded managed care, to create a systems approach to improving patient and community health.

GOAL 3: Accessible and Usable Health Information

Focus Area: Expand access to comprehensive statewide data with flexible reporting capacity to meet state and local needs.

GOAL 4: Prevention Sustainability and Capacity

Focus Areas: Collaborate with health care systems, providers and payers to show the value of greater investment in community–based prevention approaches that address underlying determinants of poor health and chronic disease. Create new, dedicated funding streams for community-based prevention. Align newly secured and existing public health and cross-sectoral funding sources to support broad community-based prevention..


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P21 Agenda

P21 Agenda (PDF)


General Session Speaker Presentations

Prevention and Health System Change: New Opportunities to Advance Public Health

Accountable Care Community: Advancing Population Health through Live Well San Diego

Health and Community Development


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General Session Slides

P21 General Session Slides (PDF)


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Partner Feedback 2012-2013

For your reference, we have posted the highlights from the 2013 Stakeholder Forums. Highlights from 2013 Stakeholder Forums (PDF)

Stakeholder Forums, July 2012 – February 2013

The stakeholder forums created an opportunity to leverage the expertise of multiple sectors representing local public health jurisdictions, academic institutions, voluntary and advocacy organizations, non-profit organizations, and partners outside public health.

February 2013
  • In February 2013 a meeting of Thought Leaders took place in Sacramento, California, in which the Regional Meeting Input was presented and further input on the goals and strategies was obtained.
January 2013
  • Six virtual Regional Meetings were conducted in January 2013 online to share the State Plan proposed State Plan goals and strategies, to solicit input on strategies and indicators for measuring long-term outcomes, and to gain information about each organization’s activities in chronic disease prevention.
July 2012
  • In July 2012, an initial Stakeholder Meeting was conducted to collect preliminary input on the State Plan proposed goals and strategies.


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CDPH’s Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention Program Background

The Coordinated Chronic Disease Prevention Program‘s (CCDPP) purpose is to build and strengthen CDPH’s capacity and expertise to effectively prevent chronic disease and promote health. CDC would like health departments to focus on the following four key areas: advance environmental strategies for healthful communities, improve health care systems, expand community clinical linkages, and increase regular access to chronic disease and risk factor epidemiologic information.


Production of the California Chronic Disease Prevention Plan is funded from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from the FFY 2011 Prevention and Public Health Fund (Affordable Care Act).

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