B.Healthy Community Health Improvement Plan
The B.Healthy Coalition was formed upon the Barry County CHIP (Community Health Improvement Plan), a strategic plan to propel improvements in Barry County resident's top health issues. A Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is an action-oriented plan outlining the priority health issues of a community and how these issues will be addressed to ultimately improve the health of a community. A CHIP is developed through the community health improvement process, which includes evaluating the findings of the Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and incorporating input from community members and stakeholders.
Since 2012, the Barry-Eaton District Health Department (BEDHD) has worked in conjunction with Spectrum Health Pennock and other community stakeholders to conduct CHNAs and CHIPs for Barry County. A new Barry County CHNA was developed in fall 2015 and finalized in March 2016. On February 11, 2016, a prioritization event was held with community stakeholders, including health care providers, community and government agencies, local coalitions and organizations, businesses, and media. The event allowed for review and feedback of the draft CHNA. In addition, the
event participants selected the following health priorities to be of most importance for the upcoming CHIP:
- Chronic disease in adults
- Mental health
- Tobacco and smoking
- Opportunities for physical activity
This CHIP describes how BEDHD, Spectrum Health Pennock, and other stakeholders will work together to improve the
health of Barry County residents based on the issues identified.