In the spring of 2011 the Van Wert County Health Department, along with other community agencies, partnered with the IPFW Center for Social Research to conduct an extensive Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA). The purpose of the assessment was to identify the health needs of our residents, so that we may better serve the individuals that make up our community. The CHNA served as the foundation for the development of a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) to guide Van Wert County for the next three years.
Community partners formed the Van Wert County Health Collaborative with a vision of “Working together to improve the health of individuals, families, and our community.”
Four health needs were selected as priority issues for Van Wert:
- Youth Obesity
- Adult Obesity
- Youth Substance Abuse
- Adult Substance Abuse
The progress relating to our local priorities will be monitored with measurable indicators identified by the Van Wert County Health Collaborative. The individuals that are working on action steps will meet on an as needed basis. The full committee will meet monthly for the first six months and then every other month after that to report on the progress. The committee will form a plan to disseminate the Community Health Improvement Plan to the community. Action steps, responsible person/agency, and timelines will be reviewed at the end of each year by the committee. Edits and revisions will be made accordingly.
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