“Healthy Environment, Healthy Lifestyles, Healthy Community”
To be a major catalyst for healthy living in Miami-Dade through the support and strengthening of sustainable policies, systems and environments.
In the United States, seven out of ten deaths and the vast majority of illness, disability, and health care costs are caused by chronic diseases, such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, and cancer. The Living Healthy, Living Longer survey conducted in 2006 found that over 80% of Miami-Dade County residents had one or more of the following risk factors: overweight, no physical activity, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and/or cigarette smoke.
The Florida Department of Health in Miami-Dade County recognized the need for the community to join forces to combat the increasing rates of chronic disease in the county. In September 2003, a meeting of community partners was called and the Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade was established. The Consortium is comprised of over 400 organizations, all united by the common belief that through collaboration and prevention-focused initiatives, Miami-Dade County residents can live longer, happier and healthier.
Consortium initiatives are guided by the goals and objectives established in Healthy People 2020, the blueprint for health in the United States. Healthy People 2020 is a comprehensive, nationwide health promotion and disease prevention agenda that contains objectives designed to serve as a framework for improving the health of all people in the United States.
To fulfill its mission, the Consortium works in a collaborative effort to achieve the following four (4) goals:
Enhance and strengthen the Consortium for a Healthier Miami-Dade membership.
Increase adoption and implementation of policy, systems and environmental change in creating healthy communities.
Educate and raise awareness of the benefits of healthy lifestyles and health promoting environments.
Increase access to resources and information to promote the adoption of healthy lifestyles by Miami-Dade County residents.
For more information on the Consortium goals, objectives and strategies, please review our strategic plan.