BELLEFONTAINE – The Logan County Community Health Risk and Needs Improvement Plan (CHIP) has been released. The CHIP is based on the results of the Community Health Needs Assessment that was conducted earlier in 2015. The collaborative process involved three lead partners: Mary Rutan Hospital, Logan County Health District and MHDAS Board, along with 17 other supporting organizations. Extensive input was obtained in developing the plan from over 90 community leaders and residents. Faculty from Kent State College of Public Health facilitated.
Through the process the top priorities for Logan County were identified:
•Mental Health – suicide, depression, anxiety;
•Substance Abuse – heroin, opiates;
•Healthy Living – preventing chronic diseases through diet and fitness; and
•Resources and Awareness – more effective communication.
The CHIP contains strategies designed to improve the health and well-being of Logan County residents. Four community coalitions are developing action plans to address the issues identified. A newly formed Coalition Advisory Board (CAB) made up of senior leadership from key groups will serve to provide guidance and support to the coalition work. CAB has representation from the business sector, city and county government, schools, the court system, health care, social service agencies and also a chairperson from each coalition. CAB can impact policy change or identify resources needed to move forward.
CAB Chairman Rick Gildow said, “The CHIP is a great example of collaboration for the betterment of our community. The report will provide guidance to CAB and the community coalitions in addressing the needs of the people of Logan County.”
This new structure of the CAB and Coalitions moves Logan County from independent actions of multiple agencies to cooperative actions with a collective impact. Enhanced outcomes are anticipated through these collaborative efforts.
Logan County Health Commissioner Dr. Boyd C. Hoddinott, also a CAB member, said, “Logan County is very fortunate to have a great working relationship with the local hospital and area agencies. We hear across the state from other health districts where this is not the case. Not only does the community benefit from shared pooling of funds for an expensive process, but also realizes a greater impact as the community as a whole works to address the priority issues. The joint efforts allow us to target limited resources to the most critical areas.”
For more information call the Logan County Health District at 937-651-6217 or Mary Rutan Hospital Community Relations at 937-599-7003. The CHIP is posted on the following websites: Logan County Health District (www.loganhealth.org), Logan County (co.logan.oh.us) and Mary Rutan Hospital (www.maryrutan.org.)
Hard copies of the final report are available to view at Logan County Health District and the Knowlton Library, or may be obtained from Mary Rutan Hospital Community Relations Department.
Submitted by the Logan County Health District.