The St. Joseph County Health Improvement Alliance was formed in the fall of 2011 after our county completed the National Public Health Performance Standards Assessment through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the University of Purdue. After completion of the assessment, the weakest areas identified were 1) community data and 2) community partnerships. A group of stakeholders convened and participated in Lean Six Sigma Training for Public Health Professionals and continued moving forward with the group.
This group, now recognized as the St. Joseph County Health Improvement Alliance Group, has met several times since the original assessment. Together the group worked on a vision, mission, and direction for the group. As a result of these brainstorming sessions, the group decided to focus on our stakeholders top priorities in order to increase public health infrastructure and ultimately improve the community’s health. Our ultimate goal is to improve the health of our community by collaboratively working together to decrease duplication of services and increase the utilization of existing services and resources.
The inaugural meeting of the full St. Joseph County Health Improvement Alliance was held in November 2013. Since the inaugural meeting, the group has begun work in 5 key focus areas, Behavioral Health, Basic Needs (with a focus on transportation), Obesity, Diabetes Prevention & Education, and Preventative Wellness; all areas of need identified by the larger alliance group. Members include traditional and non-traditional public health partners.
To be the healthiest county in Indiana
The St. Joseph County Health Improvement Alliance works to improve the overall health and well-being of our community by facilitating partnerships, growing opportunities, and creating a strong public health infrastructure and workforce.