Health Department Collaborates with Local Partners

9/21/2018 12:00:00 AM

Launches 2018-2023 Community Health Improvement Plan

The Wyandotte County Public Health Department held the public launch of the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) and the accompanying Dashboard on Thursday, September 20th.  

The launch was held in collaboration with several community partners at the Donnelly College Community Event Center located at 608 N. 18th Street, Kansas City, KS. Unified Government Commissioner, Melissa Bynum, spoke on behalf of the Mayor and the Board of Commission. There were two sessions, one in the morning and the other session was held in the evening.

Background on CHIP
The 2018-2023 CHIP is the result of more than 18 months of work. In 2017 the Health Department completed a Community Health Assessment, which included gathering population health data and more than 2,200 surveys from residents about their biggest health concerns. That health assessment was used to determine the four priorities in the CHIP:
  1. Access to living wage employment
  2. Access to medical, dental, and mental health care
  3. Safe and affordable housing, and
  4. Violence prevention. Additionally, the planning committee selected three overarching themes that were imbedded in the work of each priority area: 1) Poverty 2) Discrimination, and 3) Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
“Several of these issues are not ones that the Public Health Department has worked on before,” said Terry Brecheisen, Director of the Unified Government Public Health Department. “To get this plan accomplished, we needed to build strong and lasting partnerships with other agencies who are experts on these issues and equipped to lead. Thankfully, Lead Agencies have already emerged through the planning process to fill this role and are committed to working with us over coming years.”

Four Lead Agencies have stepped up to help the Health Department coordinate work: the Wyandotte Economic Development Council, Vibrant Health, Livable Neighborhoods, and the Metropolitan Organization to Counter Sexual Assault. These organizations will work with the Health Department and partners to implement the strategies within the plan.

“I am excited that our Health Department is lending its resources and expertise to these ambitious goals,” said David Alvey, Mayor/CEO of the Unified Government. “The plan aligns well with strategic goals selected by the UG Board of Commissioners. I expect new partnerships and projects to emerge from this that will improve health, neighborhood by neighborhood, in Wyandotte County.”

To follow along with the CHIP progress and see how to get involved, visit the Wyandotte County Community Health Dashboard.