Senior Health

Local health departments are in a position to be key strategists to implement changes that reduce chronic health conditions, control health care expenditures, and improve population health. Public health and health care providers are challenged to collaborate to address policy, systems and environmental changes and to enhance care coordination with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)/Integrated Health Partnerships (IHPs) and other reform initiatives.

A population-based approach is critical to health reform and system innovation, and there is a key role for local government. County-based health care purchasing, ACOs, and IHPs provide an opportunity to build a prevention-focused, community-based local care system that optimizes health while controlling costs for the Medical Assistance population.

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Special Initiatives:

Litchfield is one of up to 43 action communities throughout the state taking steps to create a dementia friendly culture, which is informed, safe, and respectful of people living with dementia and their families, provides supportive features community-wide, and fosters quality of life for everyone. Every part of Litchfield can take steps to create a dementia friendly community, such as:

  • Businesses that train employees on interacting with customers who have dementia
  • Clinics that promote early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and provide care and support options
  • Faith communities that welcome and engage people living with dementia and their families
  • Residential settings that offer services and activities adapted for memory loss issues
Alzheimer’s and Dementia Information Guide