The 2016 Hendricks County Community Health Improvement Plan (Community Health Improvement Plan) identifies the top health improvement needs in Hendricks County based on data gathered in the 2016 Hendricks County Community Health Assessment (Community Health Assessment). Beginning in October 2014, the Hendricks County Health Partnership (Partnership) began the process of updating the county’s Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan by establishing a Community Health Improvement Process Committee. The Committee formed a partnership with local hospital systems to collect health behavior data from residents, implementing the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) Process to systematically gather additional data and set new health improvement priority areas with the input of local partners and the general public.
The Community Health Assessment provides an overview of the health status of Hendricks County residents based on data collected through the MAPP Process. The Community Health Assessment data is broken down into two sections: community health status by category, which includes data on the health environment, outcomes, and behaviors for all of Hendricks County, and community health status by specific population, which includes health information on infants, youth and adolescents, older adults, vulnerable populations, minority populations, and service members and veterans.
Partnership members reviewed the health data collected in the Community Health Assessment and identified five health improvement priority areas to target the community’s resources and assets to through 2018:
- Accessing and Utilizing Health Care
- Mental Wellness
- Substance Abuse
- Physical Activity and Nutrition
- Tobacco use
After the priority areas were identified, work groups were created around each priority area and Partnership members chose work groups to participate in over the next three years. The work groups developed work plans for each priority areas, including goals, objectives, and strategies for improving health in those areas. The work groups are responsible for implementing the work plans. Priority Area Leaders were established for each work group and are responsible for coordinating activities and reporting on progress towards meeting their work plan’s goals.
The Partnership will be responsible for updating health data as it becomes available in the Community Health Assessment and monitoring partner progress on completing strategies in the Community Health Improvement Plan. Additional information about the health status of the community can be found in the Community Health Assessment. Both documents will be updated in their entirety and re-released in January 2019.
We would love to hear your feedback about the Community Health Improvement Plan! We are open to any changes or suggestions you may have regarding this document. Please feel free to leave a comment in the comment box at the bottom of this page. For additional information about this document, contact us at HendricksHealthPartnership@gmail.com or (317) 745-9618.