County Coalition Determines Local Health Priorities
Thursday, 14 July 2016 08:32
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Every three years a broad-based coalition of health care providers conducts a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) which is used as the basis for developing the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP is then used to establish goals and an action plan is developed to improve the community‚Äôs health.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Work is targeted for 2016-2019 to address the following priority areas: Access to Health Care Services, Nutrition & Obesity, Violence & Safety, Behavioral Health and Sexual Health.
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Successes for the 2013-16 CHIP include:
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†A 5 percent reduction in the number of residents reporting some difficulty in obtaining health services in northeast and southeast Omaha.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†A 3.7 percent decrease in uninsured 18-to-34-year-old residents.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†An increase of 23 square miles with healthy food access.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Adoption of a Complete Streets policy by the City of Omaha.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†A 3 percent increase in the number of adults who report moderate physical activity.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†CHI primary care clinic integrated Behavioral Health screening and a referral tool.
¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Public awareness campaign efforts launched to reduce the stigma associated with behavioral health.
‚ÄúThese successes are due to the collective impact of these organizations collaborating to benefit the residents of Douglas County,‚ÄĚ said Dr. Adi Pour, Douglas County Health Director. ‚ÄúIt also shows what an intentionally data-driven process can achieve.‚ÄĚ
¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† ‚ÄúWe are excited to develop new goals and action plans for the next three years,‚ÄĚ said Kerry Kernen, Douglas County Health Department Division Chief of Community Health and Nutrition. ‚ÄúThe committees are already beginning their work.‚ÄĚ