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Community Health Improvement

The Van Wert County Hospital partnered up with the Van Wert County General Health District and Westwood Behavioral Health Center, along with various community agencies, to form the Van Wert County Health Collaborative. Since 2011, the Van Wert County Health Collaborative has had the vision of “Working together to improve the health of individuals, families, and our community.” 

In 2015, the Van Wert County Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) was conducted to identify primary health issues, current health status and needs and to provide critical information to those in a position to make a positive impact on the health of the region’s residents.  The results enable community members to not only measure impact from the 2014-2016 Community Health Improvement Plan but also to strategically establish priorities and develop interventions and direct resources to improve the health of people living in the community.

Three health needs were selected as priority issues for Van Wert:

  • Weight Status
  • Behavioral Health
  • Access to Health Care

The progress of meeting the local priorities will be monitored with measurable indicators identified by the Van Wert County Health Collaborative.  The Leadership Team consisting of representatives from Van Wert County Hospital, the Van Wert County General Health District and Westwood Behavioral Health Center will meet bimonthly. A team for each target area will meet regularly to drive action and impact. Each team will report progress to the Health Collaborative bimonthly.  The full Health Collaborative will meet bimonthly for progress updates and organizational updates.   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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Contact Us

For more information about any of the agencies, programs, and services described in this report, please contact the following:

Anne Dunn
Occupational and Community Health Coordinator
Van Wert County Hospital
419-238-2390 ext. 345

Leslie Bailey, RN
Director of Nursing
Van Wert County General Health District
419-238-0808 Ext. 102