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Let’s Get Healthy California Unveils Interactive Website and Highlights Local Innovators Improving California’s Health at 2016 Innovation Conference 

Date: 1/26/2016 
Number: 16-003.5 
Contact: Anita Gore, Orville Thomas ((16) 440-7259; Karin Caves (916) 654-3780 

SACRAMENTO - The California Health and Human Services Agency (CHHS) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today hosted the 2016 Innovation Conference where they unveiled a new, interactive Let’s Get Healthy California website and celebrated 23 community-based innovations that are helping California achieve its goal of being the healthiest state in the nation by 2022. 

“I think the most important thing about Let’s Get Healthy California is that it’s not government solving problems for people,” said California Health and Human Services Secretary Diana Dooley. “The Let’s Get Healthy California initiative and the new website are parts of a larger process for people to engage in their own health.” 

The Let’s Get Healthy California Website is meant to catalyze innovation, enable best practice sharing across sectors and levels of government, and track our progress through a 39 indicator dashboard. 

“Where we live, where we work, how we play, where we go to school and what we learn in school; these things have a tremendous impact on the state’s public health,” said California Department of Public Health Director Dr. Karen Smith. “If we are going to be the healthiest state in the country, we have to allow everyone in California – regardless of income or ethnicity – to have the same opportunity to be healthy.”   

The Innovation Challenge Finalists highlighted at today’s 2016 Innovation Conference were chosen from the almost 100 innovations submitted during last summer’s Innovation Challenge. 

The Let’s Get Healthy California Task Force was created with the goal of making California the healthiest state in the nation by 2022. In addition to furthering the Triple Aim of better health, better care and lower costs, and promoting health equity, the initiative consists of two strategic directions – Health Across the Lifespan and Pathways to Health—and six major goal areas – Healthy Beginnings, Living Well, End of Life, Redesigning the Health System, Creating Healthy Communities, and Lowering the Cost of Care. For more information on the Innovation Conference and Challenge, as well as a list of the recognized finalists and submitted innovations, visit the Let’s Get Healthy California website.
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