The Health Alliance is focused on improving the health and quality of life for all people in the Wichita area. It convenes, catalyzes and collaborates to support programs, strategies and evaluation efforts to influence policy, environment, and systems. This community advancement initiative seeks to achieve measurable outcomes in five health priorities: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, physical environment, and infant mortality.
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The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) has been finalized!
In early 2015, community health advocates began a strategic planning process to improve the health of individuals in Sedgwick County. The CHIP summarizes results of a 2015 Community Health Assessment (CHA) designed to evaluate health needs for Sedgwick County residents. The CHIP also details the methods and findings from a 2016 community engagement process to identify priority health needs and to develop goals and strategies for health improvement in Sedgwick County. The five health priorities identified are: health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, physical environment, and infant mortality.
See the finalized version of the CHIP.
Health Behaviors Workgroup Organization List.
Driving the Health of Communities
Local Public Health Departments are truly local institutions, tailored to the people and the needs of every community. States and local communities have constructed their own unique governance and funding sources to support local public health. The approach to public health varies depending on the community’s needs, state laws, and existence of partners.
Health ICT chose four cities considered “comparable” to Sedgwick County or otherwise interesting in terms of economic development, quality of life, general size, and geographic location. We focused on their department budget, how they are funded, who provides oversight, and their general approach to public health in their communities.
Click here to read the full document that details the findings.