In 2011, several efforts were started in the Purchase District to gather community-wide data and better understand health needs. Four separate community needs assessments were conducted by different agencies during this time. The United Way’s 10 year Impact Poverty Task Force study had found “health” to be a target issue of concern, the Purchase District Health Department had begun the “Mobilizing Action through Planning and Partnership” (MAPP) project, and both large regional hospitals (Baptist Health and Lourdes), under the new IRS requirement performed their Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA). These efforts overlapped significantly in our region and especially in McCracken County.
The Purchase Area Health Connections coalition began in February 2014 with a grant from University of Kentucky’s Center Community and Economic Development Initiative received by the Purchase District Health Department. The coalition began to gather in 2014 and since then has diligently worked to address the social determinants of health in our area. PAHC has had various accomplishments, and is constantly working on new initiatives as seen below.
1. Create an organization that embodies collaboration.
2. Utilize data and online tools to create and track goals at the region, county and city levels.
3. Provide local networks with support for implementing programs “on the ground”.
4. Create sustainable revenue models for the longevity of the regional network.
1. We will be advocates for better health and well-being in our organizations and communities.
2. Our leadership will focus on asset sharing and critical problem solving.
3. We will be a strong voice for the health and well-being of our community throughout Kentucky.
4. All members will participate as owners of the coalition.
Priority: Promote and Facilitate Collaboration Among Members
Goal 1: Coordinate Regional Health Promotion Programs
A unified effort to address and affect the chosen health education topic
Goal 2: Explore viability of regional health summit*
Purpose: Filling gaps in professional development, skills training, and healthcare industry education; possible revenue generation
Priority: Facilitate Communication Among Members
Goal 1: Share funding opportunities among members
Purpose: Members have more opportunities for funding
Goal 2: Share best practices and upcoming health promotion efforts
Purpose: Members learn from one another without reinventing the wheel
Goal 3: Communicate availability of services among members
Purpose: Help members connect to one another for referrals and collaboration
Priority: Increase Public Awareness of Members and Their Services
Goal 1: Promote the Coalition brand as an umbrella
Purpose: Mass promote the coalition and its members
Goal 2: Develop an online resource directory
Goal 3: Develop a system to engage in outreach to city/county governments
Purpose: Increased resources/support for county coalitions and regional coalition
Priority: Collaborate on Public Health Data and Community Needs Assessments
Goal 1: Provide aggregate data to members
Purpose: Public health data will be made available to all members for use in funding proposals and reporting
Goal 2: Participate in Community Health Needs Assessments
Purpose: Health assessments have more representative community input and results are being used as a tool for decision-making in the region.
Priority: Strengthen Administrative Structure and Build Long-Term Sustainability
Goal 1: Hire Administrative Coordinator
Purpose: Brandi reduces time as director to free up funds for admin; extends life of Coalition until next grant cycle while continuing important work
Goal 2: Define membership and membership benefits
Goal 3: Develop and pursue sustainability strategies
Purpose: To identify creative funding approaches and reduce the sole reliance on grants
Community Health Needs Assessments
Purchase District Health Department
Mercy Health – Lourdes
2017 - 2020 PAHC Wins HRSA Network Development Grant
This grant awards $300,000/year to Purchase Area Health Connections over the next 3 years. This grant will help 1) to continue to strengthen the Network and its members and 2) to improve population health and reduce hospital readmissions by developing a joint system of transitional care. While transitional care program will contribute to the Network’s strengthen and sustainability, building the Network’s capacity will contribute to the strength and sustainability of the transitional care effort.
2018-2019 PAHC Wins HRSA Network Development Planning Grant
This grant awards $100,000 for one year to Purchase Area Health Connections. This grant will help 1) Expand the Purchase Area Health Connections rural health network to achieve efficiencies 2) Establish Network partner engagement and involvement plan to achieve efficiencies and 3) Compile data from various regional reports and assessments to create a Childhood Obesity Community Action Plan. With the support of the planning grant, the Network will establish a new strategic plan, expand the network by seven new organizations, create a Childhood Obesity Community Action Plan, and develop a toolkit with focused messaging, that will allow the network to develop best-practices for addressing childhood obesity.