Hampden County 12 Town Community Health Assessment
Shared Public Health Nurse Program
FY14 CIC Grant - EOAF
The Pioneer Valley Planning Commission (PVPC) and the Oversight Committee of the Hampden County Shared Public Health Nurse program is pleased to share with you the final report of the Hampden County Twelve Town Community Health Assessment.
The Hampden County Community-wide Health Assessment was developed to examine relevant conditions for twelve out of the twenty-three towns and cities in Hampden County. This project was made imperative by Hampden County's consistent ranking as the least healthy county in Massachusetts according to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. To address this concern, the Hampden County Shared Public Health Nurse Oversight Committee - a voluntary coalition of 12 towns and small cities (www.pvpc.org/sharednurseprogram) - commissioned this study and provided guidance and oversight to the process.
The twelve municipalities that participated in this study includes: the Town's of Blandford, Brimfield, East Longmeadow, Granville, Hampden, Ludlow, Monson, Montgomery, Palmer, Southwick, Tolland and the City of West Springfield.
The focus of the Hampden County Shared Public Health Nurse Assistance program has been to assist municipalities in improving local public health by maximizing efficiency through providing shared public health nursing service opportunities. The purpose of this assessment specifically is to provide our local communities a detailed baseline understanding of community health conditions, needs and identified public health concerns. With this assessment, communities as well as the Oversight Committee can prioritize local plans and resources to handle local public health concerns effectively. Through this assessment, the Oversight Committee has developed a strong desire to accomplish a county-wide regional Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) with possible collaborative efforts with the Hampden County Health Coalition (HCHC) and the Hampden County Hospital Coalition.
This effort was funded through a grant from the Commonwealth's Executive Office of Administration & Finance (EOAF) FY2014 Community Innovation Challenge (CIC) grant program. Day to day administration of the project was provided by the PVPC.