Where We Started

  • Waterbury faces health challenges similar to other urban areas across the U.S.
  • Need: Bring multi-sector partners together to address these community opportunities to improve health outcomes
  • Greater Waterbury Health Improvement Partnership (GWHIP): Founded in 2013 to fund and coordinate the first local collaborative Community Health Needs Assessment

Health Assessment Results

Key Data Findings & Priorities

  • Access to Care
    18% reported cost kept them from seeking treatment
    Overall lower rates of preventative screenings
  • Mental Health & Substance Abuse
    Nearly 40% reported at least one day of poor mental health in the last 30 days
  • Chronic Disease
    66.1% were overweight or obese & 35.5% were morbidly obese
  • Tobacco Use
    50% reported smoking at least 100 cigarettes in lifetime
    50% reported smoking everyday

Workgroups Formed

  • ACCESS TO CARE
    Achievements:
    Laid the groundwork for a multi-agency Community Care Team (CCT) to address over-utilization of hospital Emergency Departments (ED)
  • MENTAL HEALTH & SUBSTANCE ABUSE
    Achievements:
    Explored issues of access to mental health professionals
  • CHRONIC DISEASES (Obesity focus)
    Achievements:
    Mapped BMIs of kindergarten students; Expanded Brass City Cooks!; Launched urban farming internship program; Planning Healthy Corner Stores
  • TOBACCO USE (included Asthma)
    Achievements:
    Provided wellness programs; Implemented Putting on AIRS; Supporting creation of a smoke-free policy with the Waterbury Housing Authority

Reorganization

Our Workgroups have evolved to meet evolving community needs:

2013 TODAY
Access to Care and Mental Health & Substance Abuse Access to Care
Initiatives: implement the Community Care Team model. Collaborate to increase access to mental health services
Chronic Disease (Obesity) & Tobacco Use (Asthma) Healthy Lifestyles
Initiatives: obesity prevention & policy issues that support smoking cessation, healthy food choices
Asthma Asthma Workgroup
Initiatives: addressing asthma in the community through existing and new partnerships
Communications
Initiatives: increase internal messaging and communication to partners & the general public

Collective Impact

  • We’re striving for collective impact
    • Working together we can improve health outcomes
    • Participation comes in many forms

Collective Vision

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