Healthy Communities Wyandotte Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City Healthy Lifestyles Forum August 26, 2011 Establishment of HCW Basis for the establishment of HCW Kansas Health Institute’s 2009 County Health Ranking Report. Community Health challenges in Wyandotte County are well documented. “Action-based” planning approach necessary. Grounded in community input What HCW Heard Series of three community meetings were held to discuss the County Health Rankings Report. ◦ Facilitated by KHI Priority areas identified were: ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ ◦ Community Relations/Communications Education Infrastructure Access to Healthy Food Health Services HCW Steering Committee Membership Mayor Joe Reardon Bill Epperheimer, CEO Wyandotte Health Foundation Dr. Tom Burke, President KCKCC Bob Page, President/CEO University of Kansas Hospital Pete Zevenbergen, Director Wyandot, Inc. Dr. Robert Van Maren, Superintendent USD #204 Commissioner John Mendez Commissioner Mark Holland Commissioner Pat Pettey Reverend Tony Carter Baptist Ministers Union Mike Dorsey, President/CEO Providence Medical Center Dr. Barbara Atkinson,Vice Chancellor University of Kansas Medical Center Mary Lou Jaramillo, President/CEO El Centro Steve Adams, Superintendent USD #203 Karla Leibham,Assoc. Superintendent Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas Tom Stibal, Exec. Director KCK Housing Authority Deb Ayers-Geist, Director of Special Services USD #202 Lisa Garcia, Director of Student Services USD #500 Brandi Fisher,Vice President United Way of Wyandotte County HCW Action Teams Established at the Steering Committee Meeting held on January 26, 2011. Total of 5 Action Teams The Action Teams membership have good representation of subject matter experts and community members. Community Health Improvement Plan is slated to be adopted in December, 2011 HCW Accomplishments Featured community by Robert Wood Johnson Foundation ◦ http://www.rwjf.org/pr/product.jsp?id=72092 Unified Government adopted a Complete Streets resolution. Sidewalk/Trail Master Plan; Expansion of Safe Routes to School; Walkability Assessment. ◦ Thank You HCF! Grant submitted to Kansas Health Foundation – Access to Healthy Food HCW Emerging Issues While not final, there are themes emerging from the work of the action teams. ◦ Incentive programs to increase high school graduation and college/vocational training 3rd Highest Salary ($42,640) 3rd Lowest Per Capita Income ($27,966) ◦ “Active Living” opportunities ◦ Increased outreach/education/communication HCW Community Engagement Community Health Improvement – planning for the future health of Wyandotte County. ◦ Understanding that these changes are generational. ◦ The importance of planning/policy. ◦ Value placed on community health.