Community Health Improvement Plan adopted

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Recently the Logan County Health District adopted the 2019-2021 Logan County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The purpose of the CHIP is to guide the efforts of community agencies and organizations to improve the quality of life and health of Logan County residents. The focus of this CHIP is to develop a road map to improve a wide range of quality of life issues for the residents of Logan County that is not restricted to addressing only health conditions.

“Utilizing this method of focus and accountability, the Logan County Health District and other organizations can have a greater impact on the issues in our community and work towards improving them in a collaborative effort,” Dr. Boyd Hoddinott, health commissioner, stated. “This is the third time Logan County has joined resources to conduct this type of survey and community plan. A new urgent care, federally qualified health center, 211 telephone information system, and a domestic violence shelter are just some of the accomplishments as a result of collective impact.”

The Logan County CHIP is the conclusion of months of work beginning with the community needs assessment survey that was mailed in January of 2018. The paper survey was mailed to 50% of Logan County residents through a random sampling consisting of about 10,400 households. The survey focused on community issues, the environment, safety, healthcare, wellness, quality of life, parenting, social interactions, and demographics to address the needs and issues of Logan County. Additional data was collected from secondary sources, key informant interviews and targeted focus groups. The data collected assists local coalitions and agencies in developing specific actions plans for community improvement, seek funding to address issues identified and measure outcomes from previous assessments and the impact they have on the community.

Once the community needs assessment was complete, the community was invited to a Call to Action to identify and prioritize the greatest areas of need and risk for the community. From the community’s perspective, the needs that rose to the top were mental health, substance abuse, obesity and chronic disease, maltreatment of children, housing and homelessness, awareness of resources and workforce development. Participants of the Call to Action immediately began to identify strategies to address the needs with existing or newly created coalition chairs. In the weeks following the Call to Action, the coalition’s continued to work on strategies and developed action plans that would become a part of the Community Health Improvement Plan.

The CHIP includes an overview of Logan County, the development process, community priorities, goals and objectives, data, and strategies. The final plan was developed by a team that consisted of several community health and social service organizations that serve Logan County residents. The team included representatives from Mary Rutan Hospital, Logan County Health District, United Way of Logan County, Community Health & Wellness Partners, and the Mental Health Drug & Alcohol Services Board. Over 90 community leaders and concerned citizens provided extensive input to the development of this plan. To review the Community Health Improvement Plan or the Community Needs Assessment, you can visit the website of any of these partners for a copy.

Questions regarding the Community Health Improvement Plan can be directed to Donna Metlzer, Logan County Health District or Tammy Allison at Mary Rutan Hospital.

Getting involved

Logan County residents are invited to become involved through one of the coalitions. For more information, meeting dates, and time, contact a representative listed below.

Suicide Prevention Coalition – Karey Thompson,

Healthy Living Coalition – Christie Barns, or Kris Myers, kmyers@ci.bellefontaine.oh

Coalition for Opiate Relief Effort (CORE) – Tammy Nicholl, or Steve Marshall,

Access & Resource Coalition (ARC) – Tam Blakely, or Ashley Spence,

Housing/Homelessness Continuum of Care –

Safe & Healthy Families – Debbie Holycross,

Workforce Task Force – Ben Vollrath,

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Submitted by Mary Rutan Hospital.

Submitted by Mary Rutan Hospital.