Community Health Needs Assessment
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Our rank of the 67 Counties in PA
based on health
assessment indicators .
We have made a lot of progress but there is more work to be done.
The Healthy Blair County Coalition (HBCC) is an active collaboration of individuals and organizations working to promote the social, economic, emotional, and physical well-being of our area residents.
The mission of the HBCC is to assess and impact all aspects of a healthy Blair County by sharing resources, engaging local partnerships, and implementing strategies and programs to make a difference in the lives of the people in our community.
We have partnered with the PA Office of Rural Health to develop the Healthy Communities Institute CHNA System. Through this partnership we have created a Community Health Dashboard that highlights indicator data for Blair County, which includes specific data for our priorities chosen as a result of the community health needs assessment.
To review this data, please visit our Blair County HCI Dashboard page.
To review regional data, please visit http://porh.psu.edu/porh/population-health.
Rural Impact County Challenge: The National Association of Counties (NACo) in partnership with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Programs has chosen 12 rural counties to receive community coaching on efforts to reduce childhood poverty. As a result of collaboration between the Blair County Board of Commissioners and the Healthy Blair County Coalition, Blair County was one of the counties selected from across the country to work with community coaches to advance community goals to improve the lives of their residents.
Across the country, 11.9% of youth are disconnected (not in school or working). In Blair County, 14.4% of our youth are disconnected which is higher than Pennsylvania at 12.3%. As a result of this data, our focus on youth connections includes: school attendance; workforce development; school and community interventions; mentoring; and pro-social activities and community engagement. A Call to Action Summit on Youth Connections was conducted in October 2017 with over 205 participants from all segments of Blair County attending. As a result, efforts to address the five strategy areas are underway.
Our initiative was highlighted on a national NACo and Robert Wood Johnson webinar: Creating Pathways to Opportunity for Youth and Young Adults. Here’s the link to view the webinar and learn more about connecting youth in our community: https://youtu.be/9AWy–tmfDg.
Join the HBCC and Attend Coalition Meetings
Serve on Work Groups/Committes
Complete the 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment Surveys
Advertise and Support HBCC Activities. Use the Let’s Move Blair County on your website, newsletters, etc. (based on usage guidelines).
Collaborate and Promote HBCC Initiatives such as Let’s Move Blair County, the Corporate Wellness Challenge, the Rural Impact County Challenge, etc
Provide Funding or Sponsorships
Eat Healthy and Be Active
- Include HBCC as Appropriate in Local Community Efforts