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Gateway Wellness Coalition Improving the Health of Our Community

Community news | Friday, March 16, 2012

St. Claire Regional Medical Center (SCR), Morehead State University (MSU) and the Gateway District Health Department (GDHD) have joined together to form the "Gateway Wellness Coalition".

This coalition will conduct an extensive community health needs assessment in 4 of the Gateway area counties (Bath, Menifee, Morgan & Rowan) over the next 12 to 18 months. The Gateway Wellness Coalition will conduct the health assessment using the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) assessment tool. This tool provides the framework for assembling the variety of organizations, groups and individuals that comprise the local public health system to create and implement a community health improvement plan that targets services and education programs.

"The goal for the assessment is to help us identify the most crucial health needs and concerns in our community so we can develop a plan of action to address identified health priorities," says Mark J. Neff, SCR President/CEO. "This will include a complete analysis of our assets, resources and data obtained during the assessment to better able us to plan for the future healthcare needs in our community." We will begin collecting information from people within our community who are knowledgeable about local healthcare systems during an all-day assessment on March 30, 2012 at the Center for Health, Education and Research.

The Gateway District Health Department has a longstanding history of working collaboratively with St. Claire Regional Medical Center other health organizations to assess and address community needs. "The community needs assessment is a vital tool that will help us determine parts of our population who are most at risk for various diseases," says Jahnna Lane, Nursing Director for the Gateway District Health Department. The Gateway District Health Department will be conducting field surveys from community events, health fairs, churches as well as other civic organizations.

Accurately assessing the health situation of our community is important when making decisions allocating public or private resources. Dr. J. Marshall, MSU Executive Director of Regional Engagement says, "Understanding the health of our community will enable MSU to address our community's health needs and lead the way in promoting healthy behavior choices". MSU's nursing students will perform community assessments in all 4 counties as a part of their community health course studies.

We hope you too will join us in preparing for our communities immediate and future healthcare needs. If you have any questions, or would like to participate in some way, call Donna Besant at 783-6502 or Sue Perry at 783-6513.