(Allegan) – Ascension Borgess Allegan Hospital, Allegan County Health Department (ACHD), United Way of Ottawa and Allegan Counties, OnPoint, Allegan County Food Pantry Collaborative (ACFPC), Allegan Area ESA, Gun Lake Tribe, Allegan County Multi-Agency Collaborative Council (MACC), and other community partners are proud to have worked together to present the 2022 Allegan County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP is a long-term, systematic effort to address public health issues identified through a Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) survey.
Information from the Allegan CHNA completed earlier this year by community members identified four priority areas of focus including Behavioral Health and Substance Use Disorder (SUD), Housing, Access to Medical Care, and Food Security. The CHIP includes common goals, strategies, and objectives for the four priority areas, as well as specific tactics on how to implement the identified strategies in the community.
ACHD Health Officer Angelique Joynes stated, “We are so grateful to work together with these various organizations to align resources. The CHIP process brings these efforts together with a shared vision, maximizing resources for working together to address these prioritized areas. Together; striving for a healthier Allegan County.”
The four CHIP goals are:
- Behavioral Health – Increase recognition and treatment of behavioral health conditions, inclusive of substance use disorders, in Allegan County.
- Housing – Strengthen the housing sector within Allegan County and increase collaborative solutions.
- Access to Medical Care – Increase capacity and use of a patient-centered, community-integrated, and quality system of care for Allegan County residents.
- Food Security – Increase availability of healthy food options for residents, while also expanding supplemental food resources in Allegan County.
The next step is to put the identified strategies into action. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Read the full CHIP report here.