COMMUNITY
IDENTIFIED NEEDS

In the Columbia Gorge, we are changing the way we identify and address some of our most difficult and historically entrenched issues. To this end, 40+ partner agencies collaborate to conduct a CommunityHealth Needs Assessment that includes mailing and hand-fielding 2,500 individual consumer surveys, in Englishand Spanish. Combining these results with local agency and secondary data sources, we develop a Community Health Assessment, a report that is widely accepted across the region.

Then, in an effort to amplify the voices of those community members most affected by health

barriers, we hand over the Assessment to the Community Advisory Council that is made up of both consumers

and agency partners. This group reviews the results of the Assessment to create the Community Health Improvement

Plan (CHIP). The whole process is undertaken every three years and has become the primary focus for much of the work partners are undertaking to create a healthier community. During the 2016 CHIP process, the community adopted the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Culture of Health Action Framework, to help define and categorize our community needs. Below are the Gorge's top needs as seen through the lens of that Framework.

 

MAKING HEALTH A SHARED VALUE
SENSE OF COMMUNITY

 

Sense of community

Social support

Effective referrals

  

 

CREATING HEALTHIER, MORE EQUITABLE COMMUNITIES

BUILT ENVIRONMENT & PHYSICAL CONDITIONS

 

Housing affordability 

Access to healthy foods

Youth safety

Equity in physical activity opportunities 

Mobility and transportation

 

STRENGTHEN INTEGRATION OF HEALTH SERVICES AND SYSTEMS

ACCESS

 

Access to comprehensive primary care

Access to stable health insurance

Access to mental health services

Routine dental care

Collaboration on information sharing
 

© 2019 Website by Addison Carroll for Healthy Gorge Initiative

© Photography by Blaine Franger / www.BlaineBethanyGallery.com

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