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The San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) provides a myriad of services to the public through six regions, using a service delivery system that is accessible, works with community partners and is customer oriented. Core services include Public Health, Behavioral Health, Child Welfare, Aging and Independence Services, and self-sufficiency programs including Access to Healthcare.

HHSA influences health decisions through education and outreach, while keeping an eye on operational excellence. In this way, HHSA has seen success in its efforts to protect public health, vulnerable adults and at-risk children and their families, while encouraging self-sufficiency. HHSA's service delivery system takes advantage of public and private partnerships to meet the needs of families in San Diego County.

HHSA embraces a "no wrong door" approach to helping people get the services they need. No matter how a person enters the system, HHSA aims to point them toward the services they seek, and make them aware of other services they may need. This approach is easy to navigate, treats families as a whole, combines resources and services, harnesses the power of technology, and takes advantage of economies of scale.

HHSA program strategies for protecting children and vulnerable adults, promoting self-sufficiency and striving for operational excellence include:

The Hearts n' Parks program, designed to encourage the public to use community parks for exercise and improving health. An upcoming Hearts n' Parks program is "It's How We Live," a free community festival Saturday, Nov. 19 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at Sweetwater Lane Sports Complex in Spring Valley.

Network of Care, an Aging and Independence Services (AIS) program that connects older adults to valuable resources and healthcare information.

Network of Care, a Behavioral Health program providing a link to services and information on mental health.

Feeling Fit Clubs, an AIS program that provides a safe, comfortable environment where older adults can develop and maintain physical fitness.

Intergenerational programs that match older adults to children and youth for rewarding relationships.

Working Disabled program, designed to remove health care barriers to employment and reduce unemployment rates for those who have disabilities.

Campaigns on Childhood Obesity, to increase awareness of the need for healthy eating and exercise among children and their families.

East Region Way Stations, a new way to keep children removed from their homes in their neighborhoods near family, friends, school and familiar surroundings.

South Region Partnership for Public Health Initiative, designed to improve health outcomes and overall quality of life in the south part of San Diego County.

For more information on the above programs and on HHSA, go to www.sdcounty.ca.gov/hhsa.

Submitted by the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency

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