Van Wert County Health Collaborative Team - Van Wert County, OH (Cohort 6 - 2017)

Team Members

  • Anne Dunn
  • Leslie Bailey
  • Vicki Smith
  • Mark Spieles

Team Overview

The problem our NLAPH project seeks to improve encompasses many aspects. 72% of Van Wert County adults and 37% of youth 9th-12th grade are overweight or obese. Substance abuse related fatalities have increased by six fold bringing much concern by law enforcement, public health and families. County rates for Medicaid transports provided by Job and Family Services is very low compared to neighboring counties. This project seeks to improve the intersectoral collaborative necessary to positively impact the environmental, social, economic and political health of our community. The Van Wert County Health Collaborative Leadership Team proposed to put the 2017-2019 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for Van Wert County into action. The CHIP focuses on the following three goals: 1. To decrease the percent of obese and overweight adults and youth; 2. To increase access to evidence-based behavioral health services for youth and adults; 3. To increase access to healthcare services for those with health equities by eliminating the transportation barrier. This will be done by: building relationships with stakeholders, increasing collaborative work across multiple sectors to achieve the goals of the CHIP, develop a framework to leverage collective resources for areas of focus in the CHIP.