The Health Improvement Organization Coordinating Council (HIO CC), founded by Allegiance Health, is a collaborative of community stakeholders committed to improving the health status of the community through an integrated health improvement infrastructure that addresses Jackson’s priority health issues. The HIO Coordinating Council serves as the stakeholder planning committee for the Allegiance Health HIO Board Committee, Jackson County’s Healthy Community initiative, the United Way of Jackson County Health Community Solutions Team, and the ‘Health Strand’ of the Jackson 2020 initiative. The scope of our responsibility includes monitoring community level data, identifying specific health priorities, and developing community action plans to leverage all community assets to address common goals.
Over the past several years, Jackson County has demonstrated considerable success in launching collaborative community-wide health initiatives. Groups such as the Coordinated School Health Council, Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiative, Prenatal Task Force, Jackson Business Leaders for Health, Project Access, and 2-1-1 have created sustainable improvement processes with impressive results. The HIO CC builds off existing local momentum to implement strategic health initiatives that have been prioritized by community members. The HIO CC also leverages the commitment to a long term vision for Jackson County to establish an infrastructure that supports consistent processes and longevity.
In this model, community stakeholders work with public health experts to develop and complete community health assessments for Jackson County every three years. These assessments provide an ongoing data collection mechanism that focuses the efforts of community partners, and creates a strategic framework for local health improvement activities that is responsive to Jackson County data.
The Community Health Assessment process is designed to:
- Collect and analyze health information for Jackson County (and subpopulations within our county)
- Benchmark our health status against other county, state, and national communities
- Prioritize health issues within our community
- Initiate strategic planning to address these issues through collaborative activities
- Monitor impact of health initiatives on community health outcomes
- Create a system for disseminating data to community organizations and residents
The first HIO Community Health Assessment was completed in 2008 and led to the creation of our first HIO Community Action Plan, aimed to reduce obesity and smoking and improve emotional health among Jackson County residents. The results from this most recent assessment in 2011 are being used up to update our strategic plan for 2013-2020.