On February 7, 2012 the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) was officially launched and made available for public use. The CHNA represents a unique collaboration between the two largest healthcare providers in the Wabash Valley (Union Hospital and Regional Hospital), along with the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and its Better Health Wabash Valley Initiative. BHWV is also supported by Sullivan County Community Hospital, the United Way of the Wabash Valley and Hamilton Center Inc. This six counties assessed include Clay, Greene, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion and Vigo Counties in Indiana.
Healthy Community Institute uses data from secondary sources by compiling the data into one CHNA report providing nearly 100 indicators measuring health and wellness, economic factors, education, public safety and social environment. This tool can be used by any different segments of the community. The data is automatically updated by HCI representatives as new data is made public by other secondary data sources. The CHNA indicators each feature a "Dashboard" representing data that has been collected from roughly forty different sources. Each "Dashboard" has a needle pointing to one of three colors representing the good (green), the cautionary (yellow) and the serious condition (red) of a particular indicator. Side-by-side comparisons of the five counties featured on the website, along with statewide and nationwide comparisons are also available.
Please click here to view our Community Health Needs Assessment in its entirety.
This implementation plan was developed by members of BHWV. Members of this committee have knowledge of public health and represent the community as a whole. Additionally this plan has been approved by the Union Hospital Inc. Board of Directors. This implementation plan is intended to be a "community plan." No single organization can impact the health of the community alone. It is BHWV vision that each community included in the CHNA should have a say not only in what needs they will focus on but how they will go about positively impacting those needs. The expectation is that many of the counties included in th CHNA will have similar needs and projects, programs and education will be developed for implementation across the entire "region." The implementation plan will go into effect on January 1, 2014. The plan is a three year plan with annual review of effectiveness, benchmarks, programs and community health needs BHWV organizations may formally choose to adopt the initiatives outlined in the plan.
Please click here to view our Implementation Plan.