Community Health Forum rescheduled for Feb. 5

Published 3:23pm Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Known as WNC Healthy Impact, this innovative regional partnership allowed efficiencies in compiling health data and provided localized telephone surveys to determine the health, attitudes and needs of each county.

Following a presentation of data, attendees will be asked to participate in one of four breakout sessions to brainstorm strategies and interventions to address major health issues. According to current, local data Polk County is challenged with the following health problems: chronic diseases (high blood pressure, obesity, diabetes, high cholesterol); healthy eating and active living; substance abuse and tobacco; and economy and health.

These breakout discussions will be lead by members of Polk Fit, Fresh & Friendly (PF3), a local coalition of volunteers who collaborate on health issues and strategies, including advocacy.

Following community health assessments and public input, health providers will develop community health improvement plans (CHIP) to meet federal requirements of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the Internal Revenue Service. The health assessment and the resulting CHIP encourage collaboration among health providers and align investments that will improve the health of each community.

To join the community forum Tuesday, Feb. 5, please call 828-894-2408 to register. The program is free of charge and a light meal will be available.

St. Luke’s Hospital is a not-for-profit community hospital dedicated to providing exceptional care, close to home.

– article submitted by Kathy Woodham

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