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2012 Community Health Plan by Identified Priority Health Need/Issue

Priority Health Need/Issue - Smoking

Objective:  Play a role in reducing smoking by adults

Baseline - 23% smoking rate in Elkhart County in 2008

Community Health Plan 2012

  1. Freedom from Smoking series offered to the community
  2. Inpatient bedside tobacco cessation counseling
  3. Promote smoking cessation program and distribute cessation materials at community events/health fairs
  4. Lung cancer prevention editorials
  5. Coordinate smoking cessation program through Elkhart County Tobacco Control
  6. Promote smoking cessation and distribute smoking cessation materials at Elkhart Brass, Dexter Axle (4 plants), and Thermal Ceramic worksites
  7. Smoking risk avoidance curriculum in Elkhart County Schools
  8. Smoking cessation resource and referral through EGH Health Information Center
  9. Smoking cessation information, resource, and referral for Hispanic Latino communities through EGH Dame tu Mano Hispanic Health Outreach

 

Priority Health Need/Issue - Obesity

Objective - Play a role in reducing the proportion of adults who are obese

Baseline - 28.9% of Elkhart County adult residents were obese in 2008

2012 Community Health Plan

  1. EGH participation in and staffing of Elkhart County childhood obesity initiative
  2. EGH participation in Middlebury Schools and Goshen Schools health collaboratives
  3. EGH support of and participation in the Tolson Community Garden for providing garden plots for low-income families in Elkhart
  4. EGH monthly Spanish language Diabetes Support Group to address diabetes, weight loss, nutrition, and exercise to participants and concurrent healthy eating, nutrition, and exercise education to the children of the participants
  5. EGH support of weight loss for its employees through its Wellness at Work initiative
  6. Provision of community education classes on  various topics related to obesity and obesity prevention, nutrition, and exercise
  7. Provision of worksite wellness programs including nutrition education, weight loss, and exercise to employees of various regional employers
  8. Provision of cash contributions to community agencies targeting obesity-related issues
  9. EGH collaborative with YMCA for the annual Healthy Kids Day to provide interactive nutrition education
  10. EGH partnership in annual Goshen College Heart Camp for obesity-risk children
  11. New Directions community education sessions for assessment and education on weight loss
  12. Obesity, weight loss, and nutrition information, resource, and referral for Hispanic Latino communities through EGH Dame tu Mano Hispanic Health Outreach

 

Priority Health Need/Issue - Access to Primary Care

Objective:  Increase access to primary care providers through physician recruitment

Baseline - a projected physician need of 24 primary care physicians in Elkhart County by 2016

2012 Community Health Plan

  1. Provide health screenings for low-income and/or uninsured persons at various community events and multiple sites including Title I schools, minority health fairs, worksites, churches, and other community locations.
  2. Provision of primary care services to low-income and Medicaid patients through the Emergency Department, EGH Medical Group, and through EGH’s arrangements with Heart City Health Center
  3. Provision of prescription medications through EGH Medications Assistance Program
  4. Provision of prescription coverage through EGH Special Needs program
  5. Continued operational oversight of EGH Foundation’s Healthy Indiana Plan subsidy program
  6. Provision of in-kind support to Centers for Healing and Hope primary care clinics
  7. EGH support for community referrals for primary care access
  8. Primary health care information, resource, and referral for Hispanic Latino communities through EGH Dame tu Mano Hispanic Health Outreach
  9. EGH Health Information Center Help Line to provide resource and referral for primary care

 

Priority Health Need/Issue - Access to Mental Health Services

Objective -  Increase the number of mental health initiatives for educating on and assessing mental health status in Elkhart County

Baseline – Six (6) EGH mental health initiatives offered in Elkhart County in 2011

2012 Community Health Plan

  1. Mental health coverage for low-income persons referred to EGH Medical Group from Centers for Healing and Hope
  2. Behavioral risk avoidance collaboratives with Elkhart County schools
  3. EGH participation in the Elkhart County Crisis Intervention Team
  4. Mental health information, resource, and referral for Hispanic Latino communities through EGH Dame tu Mano Hispanic Health Outreach
  5. Community resource and referral for mental health needs through EGH Health Information Center