WyCo Prepares for New Community Health Improvement Plan
Recently, Healthy Communities Wyandotte (HCW) invited hundreds of partners to celebrate five years of collaboration in working towards improved health in Wyandotte County. We have a lot to celebrate now more than ever before as we continue to strive for even more progress into the future. The Wyandotte County Health Department and HCW are launching a Community Health Assessment process that will culminate in a new Community Health Improvement Plan. This assessment is an opportunity to seek out significant community feedback by gathering resident's opinions on health priorities and integrating that input into a new plan.
"The collaboration among these organizations has delivered real results for Wyandotte County," said Unified Government Mayor/CEO Mark Holland. "Since its creation, HCW has mobilized the community to building more recreational trails. It has started programs designed to encourage our children to be more active and eat well. And it has helped more than 4000 residents get health insurance."
While Wyandotte County celebrates the gradual health improvements, this is also the opportune time for organizations and residents to plan for future health concerns that face our county. The resident survey, an important part of the assessment, will provide information on what residents want to address moving forward and also provides a much-needed refresh and update to our previous assessment gathered in 2012.
"No one in our community knows better how to improve our health than those of us who live here," said Cathy Harding, Chair of the Healthy Communities Wyandotte Steering Committee, and President/CEO of the Wyandotte Health Foundation. "This process has been designed to hear everyone's voice so that we have the best Community Health Assessment process and Community Health Improvement Plan possible."
We are grateful to the Wyandotte Health Foundation, the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County, the United Way of Wyandotte County and various other nonprofit, education, faith-based and business organizations that have been critical in getting this process off the ground.