IP3 recently presented a poster at the annual conference for the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO)! Our presentation seeks to shed light on how local public health, and others, can leverage data frameworks to support collaborative community assessment and improvement.
Improving community well-being requires collaboration among healthcare providers, local public health, and community-based organizations and coalitions. It can be difficult for these groups to collaborate, and especially for health systems to step outside of traditionally siloed work to partner to assess community needs and coordinate efforts. The challenge of collaboration is magnified in light of COVID-19, as we are facing a pandemic that will affect the way we approach community improvement for a long time to come. Public health and other health professionals are ever more stretched than normal, providing for acute needs of community COVID-19 response, while still maintaining a normal workload.
The approach outlined below seeks to simplify and automate the Community Health Assessment (CHA) process to minimize workload of public health professionals, allowing more time to focus on other essential public health services, including those related to COVID-19. Frameworks are made of categories reflect common community programming and organizational structures, such as transportation, housing, and urgent services, where the work actually happens in communities. The Vital Conditions framework makes data more digestible and inclusive, and simplifies the way communities, local health departments, and health systems can collaborate to improve equitable well-being.
Please take a minute to review our poster below!