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)
The Healthy Blair County Coalition (HBCC) is a partnership of local individuals and organizations working to promote the social, economic, emotional, and physical well-being of our area residents.
A healthy Blair County community.
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.
It’s Time to Register for the Blair County Fall 2021 Active Living Steps Challenge
Our Let’s Move Blair County Committee and Chamber of Commerce Workplace Wellness Committee will conduct the next Active Living Steps Challenge from September 11, 2021 – November 6, 2021. Our county goal is 200,000,000 steps over the last 8 weeks. Register here.
Thank you to Let’s Move Blair County Committee, vendors, volunteers, generous sponsors, and community members that participated in the annual Let’s Move Blair County Day at Lakemont Park.
Columbia Suicide Risk Assessment Training and App
The Mental Health Work Group has a developed a training based on the Columbia-Suicide Assessment Tool. The Columbia-Suicide Severity Rating Scale (C-SSRS) supports suicide risk assessment through a series of simple, plain-language questions that anyone can ask. The answers help users identify whether someone is at risk for suicide, assess the severity and immediacy of that risk, and gauge the level of support that the person needs. The training is available at no cost to any agency or organization. Under the leadership of the Blair County Department of Social Services, an app was developed and can be downloaded on the App Store (search Columbia Protocol). A training will be held on Tuesday, September 28, 2021 from 9:00 – 10:30 am. This training will be offered via a virtual format only. Upon registration, attendees will recess an access link. Act 48 Credit will be awarded. Please contact Mark DeRubeis (814) 932-6903 or Rachael Hosgood (814) 941-8041 if additional information is needed. Registration Link: September 28, 2021 C-SSRS Registration
Blair County continues to improve in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 2021 County Health Rankings Report!
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation County Health rankings and Roadmaps releases data annually for each county in the country. The report not only provides an overall ranking but includes a variety of indicators focusing on health outcomes and health factors. In 2010, Blair County ranked 63 out of 67 counties in Pennsylvania. The ranking is an indicator of how healthy a county is and what is needed to improve overall health. Blair County has improved its ranking to 39 in the latest report Although we are heading in the right direction, there is more that can be accomplished so please join us in improving the lives of Blair County residents.
Ready to Go Farm to Early Child Care & Education Initiative
Have you heard about the “Ready Set Grow” initiative? The Food Trust, in partnership with the Pennsylvania Head Start Association, is working across the state, with local task force teams to increase Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) activities. Do you or wish to take classes on farm field trips, plant seeds, or sample locally grown fruits and vegetables? Connecting young children and families to their local food systems and farming communities not only sets them on a path to good health choices but supports our local agriculture economy and helps build healthier communities.
HBCC is partnering with The Food Trust to assess ways to strengthen Farm to Early Care and Education (ECE) practices and policies in Blair County. We’re looking for local ECEs that provide care/education to children ages (0-5) to participate in this assessment survey; plus involvement in a follow-up community visioning meeting to receive a monetary incentive of $100 for their time.
Join the HBCC and Attend Coalition Meetings
Serve on Work Groups/Committees
Complete the 2021 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 Active Living Steps Challenge, the Rural Impact County Challenge, etc
Provide Funding or Sponsorships
Eat Healthy and Be Active
Include HBCC as Appropriate in Local Community Efforts