Wayne Health Improvement Partnership (WHIP)

What is WHIP (Wayne Health Improvement Partnership)?

The Wayne Health Improvement Partnership is a partnership comprised of community organizations and county departments that have come together to develop a plan and a unified approach to improve the health of Wayne County residents.  Wayne County Public Health Department, in partnership with Newark-Wayne Community Hospital, has selected the following two priority areas and a disparity of low income for the 2019-2021 assessment and planning period:   Prevent Chronic Disease and Promote Well-Being and Prevent Mental and Substance Use Disorders.

Selection of the 2019-2021 Community Health Assessment (CHA), Community Service Plan (CSP) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) priority and disparity areas was a joint process that began in the summer of 2018 with assistance from the S2AY Rural Health Network and Common Ground Health. A variety of partners were engaged throughout the process including the public health departments and hospital staff, Community Based Organizations (CBOs), school district representatives, local federally qualified health centers (FQHCs), Aging and Youth, the S2AY Rural Health Network, Common Ground Health, and more. The community at large was engaged throughout the assessment period using a regional health survey conducted in the summer of 2018 (My Health Story 2018) and a series of focus groups. Partners’ role in the assessment were to help inform and select the 2019-2021 priority areas by sharing any pertinent data or concerns and actively participating in planning meetings. From the survey results, health priorities were selected and a joint plan, the Wayne County Community Health Improvement Plan was created.   Partner agencies work with Wayne County Public Health and Newark Wayne Hospital to achieve the goals and objectives outlined in the plan. 

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