Vision: To build and sustain a healthy Buncombe County.
Mission: Individuals, families and local leaders come together to make Buncombe County a community in which healthy choices are easy to make and are supported by the environment around them.
The Community Health Improvement Process creates collective impact among diverse organizations and individuals in order to improve the priorities identified through our Community Health Assessment.
Community Health Assessment Priorities for 2012 - 2015:
- Access to Care
- Healthy Living
- Preconception Health
- Child Health and Development
For more information on the Buncombe County 2012 Community Health Assessment and the data that supports these priorities, visit our Health Reports page.
Large-scale social change for complex issues requires broad cross-sector coordination, not the isolated intervention of individual organizations. The Community Health Improvement Process uses a collective impact framework as we work with partners to create these keys to success:
- Common Agenda
- Shared measurement system
- Mutually reinforcing activities
- Continuous communication
- Backbone support
The Community Health Improvement Process is driven by two primary groups of individuals and organizations:
The Public Health Advisory Council:
The Council will serve as a catalyst for providing leadership, support and coordination to assist the community in reaching its health goals. Council members will consider the data and information available through the Community Health Assessment, provide guidance for the workgroups during the planning process and oversee the implementation and evaluation of the plan. Members will be responsible for being an advocate for systems, policy and environmental change in the community. The Council members will also serve in an advisory capacity to submit recommendations to the Buncombe County Health & Human Services Board, e.g. public health policy, fee structure changes, etc.
Workgroups will be composed of representatives from organizations that are currently working on the priority areas, community members and interested Advisory Council members. Department of Health staff will provide support in convening and facilitating the process for the Workgroups. The Workgroups will harness existing resources to develop a unique community approach and achieve results beyond the scope of one single institution or organization. Representatives from the Workgroups will report regularly to the Advisory Council to share actions, emerging issues and recommend policies for consideration.
The first product of their work together will be a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).
A CHIP is "a long-term, systematic effort to address health problems on the basis of the results of assessment activities and the community health improvement process. This plan is used to set priorities and coordinate and target resources. A CHIP is critical for developing policies and defining actions to target efforts that promote health. It should define the vision for the health of the community inclusively and should be done in a timely way" (National Association of City and County Health Officials, 2013). The CHIP:
- Uses Community Health Assessment data to develop & implement strategies for action
- Establishes accountability to ensure measurable health improvement
- Coordinates action & targets resources in collaboration with community partners
- Looks at how activities of many organizations contribute to community health improvement
- Focuses on the Community Health Assessment priorities
- Goals, objectives, strategies & related performance measures
- Realistic timelines for achieving goals & objectives
- Designation of lead roles for DHHS, hospital and other partners in CHIP implementation
- Required demonstration of organizations' commitment to these roles
- Emphasis on evidence-based practices
The first CHIP will be finished and released in July, 2013 and can be found on this site then.
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