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Between 2011 and 2014, the tri-county team determined that the best interests of each county would be better served by individual community health plans that, while fully acknowledging and including regional and state health issues, were tailored to address the needs of each community. Therefore, during 2014, the Mahoning County CHIP Team conducted an analysis of the 2011 CHIP implementation, analyzed community health indicator data and published a 2014 Mahoning County Community Health Improvement Plan (2014 CHIP). Subsequently, the Mahoning County CHIP Team has met quarterly to monitor the plan implementation and to annually collect and review health indicator data and evaluate the community’s progress toward achievement of established goals and objectives. Annually, since 2014, the CHIP Team has published a CHIP Evaluation Report that has been widely distributed throughout the community.
During 2016, plan implementation monitoring and analysis of health status indicator data revealed that, in many areas, despite full implementation of strategies progress toward the goals established in the 2014 plan was not sufficient. In addition, this data analysis along with community input clearly indicated that the 2014 CHIP did not address a very serious community health issue: disparity in health outcomes among many community groups. To address those plan shortcomings, the Mahoning County CHIP Team presented a 2017 revised Mahoning County CHIP that included new plan strategies and objectives as well as adding a 5th health priority.
In 2018 a committee made up of Mahoning and Trumbull County health partners contracted with the Hospital Council of Northwest Ohio (HCNO), a neutral, regional, non-profit hospital association to facilitate the Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan in both counties. The Mahoning County CHA/CHIP Team then invited cross-sector community stakeholders to participate in the community health improvement planning process. Data from the most recent CHA was carefully considered and categorized into community priorities with accompanying strategies.
In 2021, The Mahoning Trumbull Community Health Partners (MTCHP) contracted with the North Carolina Institute of Public Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health for the facilitation and development of the 2022 Mahoning Trumbull Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan.
The CHIP process was conducted in four sessions with both health and human service organizations as well as community members and facilitated by the North Carolina Institute for Public Health at the UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health. The collaborative process involved many weeks of work with many community contributors. Using data from the 2022 Mahoning Trumbull Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA), a Results-Based Accountability model was utilized to guide the partnership in the development of purpose statements, population-level indicators, organizational-level strategies, and performance measures that will serve as the blueprint for improving health outcomes in our community over the next three years. The CHIP is meant to be concise, accessible, data-driven, feasible, up-to-date, and equitable with established metrics to track our progress and hold us accountable for our strategies. As such, this plan is a “living document” that will be monitored and implemented over the next three years.
Mahoning County 2022 Community Health Improvement Plan Priorities:
PRIORITY #1: Mental Health and Substance Use
PRIORITY #2: Access to Care
PRIORITY #3: Community Conditions and Safety