Californians are living longer and healthier lives. By 2050, California's over-65 population will more than double. Along with this growth comes a pressing need to ensure that older adults have equitable access to the resources and supports they need to thrive. The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Injury and Violence Prevention Branch's (IVPB) Healthy Aging Initiative aligns department resources and identifies ways that public health and our partner organizations can impact Californians' ability to age well.
An Age-Friendly Public Health approach that supports Californians across the lifespan, leading to healthy, resilient, and thriving residents.
To amplify, align, and coordinate local and statewide public health efforts to create nurturing, healthy, and inclusive environments for older adults and their support networks.
- Promote Healthy Aging Across the Lifespan & Build a Competent and Age-Friendly Public Health Workforce: We will elevate the importance of healthy aging throughout CDPH by collaborating across programs to identify and act on opportunities to promote the health and wellbeing of older adults and their caregivers.
- Collect, Analyze, and Share Data to Support Healthy Aging: We will use available morbidity and mortality data to assess the health of older Californians and guide public health programming.
- Understand the Impacts of Social Determinants of Health: We recognize the role of social determinants of health and its impact on healthy aging. CDPH takes a health equity approach to the work supporting older adults and their caregivers.
- Champion Healthy Aging Across Sectors: We will strengthen relationships across sectors to promote healthy aging and highlight public health's role.
CDPH-IVPB's Healthy Aging Initiative completed the Age-Friendly Public Health System (AFPHS) program from the Trust for America's Health in the spring of 2022. The certification process required the completion of 10 activities that prioritize public health's role in healthy aging and encourages all state and local public health departments to make healthy aging a core function. Follow the hyperlink to learn more about the AFPHS program.
For more information contact: HealthyAging@cdph.ca.gov.