Area Hospitals and Community Based Organizations work together to provide
Community Needs Assessment Results and
Community Health Improvement Plan
Over the past year, the Health Initiative has worked in conjunction with the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department, St. Lawrence County Community Health Improvement Coalition, Bridge to Wellness, and Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization to provide a current community needs assessment and community health improvement plan for St. Lawrence County and the Tug Hill Seaway Region. As required by the New York State Department of Health’s Prevention Agenda, hospitals, and public health department are required to conduct a community needs assessment and community health improvement plan every three years. They are also required to collaborate with the community to address needs identified in the assessment.
The Bridge to Wellness Coalition consists of over two dozen participating organizations including public health, higher education, hospitals, federally qualified health centers, human services, and community-based organizations. The partners work collaboratively to plan, implement, and oversee the St. Lawrence County Community Health Improvement Plan and Community Service Plan.
The regional needs assessment that was conducted provided strong data that drives the 2016-2018 health improvement plan for St. Lawrence County. Based on the assessment results, and the capacity of our region and coalition partners, the priorities identified to address in the plan are to prevent chronic disease and promote mental health and prevent substance abuse. The plan is streamlined and identifies opportunities to improve the health of targeted residents. The Coalition chose evidence-based interventions and activities that include environmental, systems and policy change.
As with any community intervention, it is important that there is involvement and ongoing education for the residents. The Coalition will disseminate regular reports to the community through online media, print publications, radio, and in-person education. The partners will oversee and govern the evaluation of the plan on a monthly basis. The coalition partners are committed to improving the health and well-being of all St. Lawrence County residents.
To view the Community Needs Assessment and 2016-2018 Community Health Improvement Plan, click here or contact Anne Marie Snell at 315-261-4760 ext. 222.