Officials from the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) along with local health officers and elected officials announced the launch of the State Health Improvement Process (SHIP). SHIP provides a framework for accountability, local action, and public engagement to make continual progress in Maryland’s health. Within the framework there are 39 measures in six focus areas that represent what it means for Maryland to be healthy. Amongst the areas that the state intends to improve are healthy births, infectious disease, uncontrolled high blood pressure, and the number of uninsured. Lieutenant Governor Anthony Brown stated:
“While we have the world’s most advanced medical system in Maryland and we are a national leader in implementing health care reform, our health depends upon our environments, our behaviors, and our actions as a community. SHIP was built through public engagement and will continue to draw strength and ideas from across the state to improve the health of all Marylanders.”
For more information on this initiative visit the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene’s website.