Building upon The Chester County Hospital and Health System's (TCCHHS) longstanding mission to improve the health of the community, TCCHHS co-chaired RoadMAPP to Health: A Comprehensive Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) for Chester County. Between 2011 and 2013, 36 organizations representing hospitals, health centers, social service agencies, safety-net providers, faith-based organizations and funding agencies met monthly to complete a broad health assessment for Chester County.
The Committee adopted the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) process to guide the assessment. MAPP was developed by the National Association of County and City Health Officials and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and it is considered the gold standard for comprehensive health assessments. The MAPP process utilizes four separate assessments -- Health Status, Public Health System, Forces of Change and Community Engagement -- to guide the development of a Community Health Improvement Plan or "Implementation Plan."
A draft of the health assessment was presented publicly on February 1, 2013 to more than 100 members of the community and representatives from participating organizations; the final report was issued in April 2013. The assessment now serves as a framework and guide for community-based organizations and agencies to develop their own implementation plans and new groups have formed to work collaboratively across disciplines to address and coordinate their efforts to improve the health of the community.
Internally, the health assessment was presented to the Long Range Planning Committee of the Health System Board of Directors on March 5, 2013 and then presented to an internal audience on March 15, 2013.
Based on the health assessment findings and consistent with The Chester County Hospital and Health System's Mission, a detailed Implementation Plan was developed that identifies the specific steps that TCCHHS will take and the level of resources committed to maintain and improve the health of the community. Chester County is already the healthiest community among Pennsylvania's 67 counties*, and many initiatives have been designed to maintain this status while addressing new and emerging health needs in Health System's service area. The final Implementation Plan was reviewed by the Long Range Planning Committee of the Board on June 4, 2013 and recommended for approval by the Board of Directors. The Board of Directors formally approved the Implementation at their meeting on June 25, 2013. The health assessment and implementation plan are available here by clicking on the image or you may request a printed copy by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 610.738.2300.
The Chester County Hospital and Health System wishes to thank the many organizations and individuals that participated in RoadMAPP to Health process and who continue to dedicate themselves to creating one of the healthiest counties in Pennsylvania and the United States.
*Source: The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's 2013 County Health Rankings study.
IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING RESPONSIBILITY
Within The Chester County Hospital and Health System, the Senior Vice President for Strategic Planning and Marketing along with Director of Community Health and Wellness will have primary responsibility for monitoring and tracking the Implementation Plan. Those individuals will keep the Board of Directors informed through the Long Range Planning Committee of the Board. An annual report will be published and provided to the Board of Directors and made available on ChesterCountyHospital.org.