Berkeley, California (EastBayDaily) — Healthy Communities Institute (HCI), the leading provider of web-based tools for community health analysis, population risk profiling, and evidence-based health improvement programs, announced the winners of their annual Healthy Communities Achievement Awards. The Kansas Partnership for Improving Community Health (Kan-PICH), Community Health Network of Indiana, and Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital of Albany, Georgia received the recognition at the Association for Community Health Improvement 2013 National Conference in St. Louis, MO. Each of the programs is distinctly different, but represent the power of making local health and community data readily available to stakeholders for planning and executing behavior improvement strategies to benefit target populations.
Covering 105 counties, The Kansas Health Matters website (http://www.kansashealthmatters.com) from Kan-PICH, had eight agencies come together to provide the vision and leadership for Kansas’ most comprehensive online source of state-specific data and relevant health improvement resources. Key users of the data and portfolio of over 2000 health improvement programs include local health departments, hospitals, policymakers, and community organizations. Kan-PICH established itself as credible partnership with vision and secured grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Kansas Health Foundation.
"In this current fiscally conservative climate, the Kansas Health Matters site provides efficient ways for communities to conduct health assessments so they can save time and money and don’t have to sacrifice health improvement efforts due to limited resources," said Tatiana Y. Lin, Senior Analyst & Strategy Team Leader with the Kansas Health Institute.
Albany, GA is ranked the fourth poorest city in the nation by Forbes magazine and served by Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. They launched a program to help the community prioritize efforts, provide organizations with a common set of health indicators, build partnerships, facilitate community input, and link the hospital's funding priorities to evidence-based practices and solutions.
“Data is instrumental in our ability to organize priorities, provide organizations with a common set of indicators, build partnerships, use as a facilitation model for community input sessions, and link funding priorities to evidence-based practices and solutions,” said Mark Miller, planning analyst with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. “By making this tool available to the public via our web site, we hope to provide information that can raise awareness and begin to change health status.”
Community Health Network (CHN) in Indiana used highly localized health, demographic and community data to identify an at-risk population where the most gains could be made with limited budget and resources. They were able to zero in on one school where over 90% of the students had childhood asthma. Through asthma management education and prescribing appropriate medication and its use at school, CHN aims to reduce the negative impact of asthma on attendance, test performance and graduation rates.
“Making data readily available represents for us a return of power to a community or a group of committed citizens to make logical meaningful decisions and choices regarding their community or project. By giving any community member access to national, state and local level data, it empowers them to make local decisions,” said Dan Hodgkins, Vice President Community Benefit and Community Redevelopment at CHN. “Our one success with the Asthma Program will translate into a community benefit philosophy and strategy that may change the way healthcare is delivered in Indiana,” added Ann Yeakle, Community Benefits Coordinator at CHN.
"We were very impressed by all the submissions we received this year," said Deryk Van Brunt, DrPH, president of Healthy Communities Institute. "Our winners were selected from a group of highly innovative organizations from around the country that are using community data, population health risk profiling, and evidence-based promising practices to make the their programs vital and strategic while making a measurable impact."
About the Healthy Communities Institute Headquartered in Berkeley, Calif., the Healthy Communities Institute (HCI) provides the leading web-based platform to support health departments, community collaborations, hospitals and health systems with community health improvement strategies. HCI web-based systems provide local public health and health systems with health indicator dashboards, access to nationally recognized promising practices, analytic and reporting tools and other features that support community health improvement planning, evaluation and reporting. The platform is in use in over 30 states and rapidly expanding. The HCI platform currently covers 80 million lives across the United States. The company’s multi-disciplinary team is comprised of healthcare information technology veterans, academicians, health informatics experts, epidemiologists, urban planners and Internet developers. HCI began its work in 2002 in concert with the growth of the Healthy Cities Movement co-founded at the University of California, Berkeley.
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