OVERALL HEALTH AND SAFETY INITIATIVE GOALS

To increase the quality, availability, and effectiveness of educational and community-based programs designed to prevent disease and injury, improve health, and enhance quality of life.

OVERALL HEALTH AND SAFETY INITIATIVE OBJECTIVES

The main objective of the Jurupa Valley Adopt a Family Health and Safety Initiative is to provide population-based primary prevention services in accordance with The Department of Health & Human Services, Healthy People 2020 Initiative (Educational and Community-Based Programs) in the following areas: injury, violence, tobacco, mental illness, substance abuse, unintended pregnancy, chronic disease, nutrition, and physical activity.

ISSUES TO BE ADDRESSED/TARGET GROUPS

HEALTH

When comparing all-cause mortality for Riverside County to other California Counties, Riverside is ranked 39 out the 58 counties in California. The four leading causes of death were coronary heart disease, cancer, chronic lower respiratory disease (CLRD), and stroke; where Riverside County ranked 54th, 47th, 45th, and 42nd, respectively (Riverside County Department of Public Health, 2013).

EDUCATION

According to the 2013 Census, 66.5% of Jurupa Valley residents have the education level of a high school diploma or greater, compared to the entire population of California which is 81.2%.  Only 10.0% have a bachelor’s degree or greater, compared to the entire population of California which is 30.7% (quickfacts.census.gov, 2013).

INCOME

Each household in Jurupa Valley contains 3.87 persons, state wide that number is 2.94 persons per household. The per capita income is $18,394, and statewide that figure is $29,527. The average household income is Jurupa Valley is $55,429, and statewide, the average is $61,094. Persons living below that poverty level in Jurupa Valley is 15.8%, and statewide it is 15.9% (quickfacts.census.gov, 2013).

DEMOGRAPHICS

According to the 2014 Census for Riverside County (these numbers were not published for Jurupa Valley), 6.8% of the population is under the age of 5 years old, compared to the statewide figure of 6.5%, 26.3% are under 18 years old, compared to 23.6 statewide, and 13.2% are over 65 years old, compared to the statewide figure of 12.9%.

Females in Jurupa Valley account for 50.3% of the population, this is equal to the average statewide number. Blacks or African Americans are 7.0% of the population compared to 6.5% statewide, and Hispanic or Latinos account for 47.4%, compared to 38.6% statewide (quickfacts.census.gov, 2014).

It is known that health disparities exist in those with lower incomes and education levels, as well as females, the elderly and minorities.

PROJECT GOALS AND OBJECTIVES

GOAL 1. To provide more education on heart disease and related risks to cardiovascular health, and identify individuals at-risk for heart disease.

OBJECTIVE 1. Onsite education on topics related to heart disease (hypertension, tobacco use, diet, exercise). Network with community members to teach classes, and with RCC nursing program to use nursing students to offer free blood pressure checks at various AAF events, possibly in conjunction with other AAF programs.

GOAL 2. To develop programs to provide activities designed to curtail the risk for heart disease.

OBJECTIVE 2. Continue to provide bicycles to children through the Holiday Adoption Program to encourage outdoor play.

GOAL 3. To improve community safety awareness.

OBJECTIVE 3. A Safe Sitter Program will be offered to train kids ages 12-17 to become safe babysitters and a car seat program will be developed that will provide car seats to parents after completing a series of infant/child safety classes.