Healthy Communities Collaborative (HCC)
What is the Healthy Communities Collaborative?
The Healthy Communities Collaborative is a partnership between behavioral health (Mental Health Recovery Services) and physical health (Warren and Clinton County Health Departments) in an effort to have an impact on health and healthy behaviors throughout the lifespan. The Collaborative's larger vision is to build a collaborative with all health and wellness related agencies, organizations, and partners in both counties to breakdown silos and to increase collaboration among these entities.
To create healthy communities for individuals and families within Warren and Clinton Counties
To build collaboration between community stakeholders, organizations, and agencies to promote behavioral and physical health and wellness to reduce disease and illness among individuals and families within Warren and Clinton Counties.
Why Develop a Healthy Communities Collaborative?
Two things have driven development of a Healthy Communities Collaborative:
- Local Demands - Mental Health Recovery Services (MHRS) and the Health Departments in Warren and Clinton Counties have focused local energy and funds on prevention. Traditionally, MHRS has focused on treatment; however, MHRS recognized a need to shift some focus from treatment to prevention in an effort to reduce future treatment costs. The local health departments are the front line agencies responsible for disease prevention, health and wellness promotion, and the protection from health risks.
- National Prevention Strategy (NPS) - The NPS places heavy emphasis on collaboration between government, business, healthcare,m education, community organizations, faith-based organizations, and other community groups. This collaboration leads to less overlap, better streamlined efforts, and better outcomes.
It is also important to note that building collaborative efforts to address one issue, increase the ability to build collaborative efforts for other issues in the future. By developing the Healthy Communities Collaborative, Warren and Clinton Counties would be better able to respond to future health issues.
The National Prevention Strategy
The National Prevention Strategy (NPS) was released in June 2012 by the office of the Surgeon General. The NPS aims to guide the nation in the most effective and achievable means for improving health and well-being through four strategic directions and across seven priorities. The NPS prioritizes prevention by integrating recommendations and actions across multiple settings to improve health and save lives. The NPS envisions a prevention-oriented society where all sectors of the community recognize the value of health for individuals,m families, and society and work together to achieve better health for Americans. The vision of the NPS is "working together to improve the health and quality of life for individuals, families, and communities by moving the nation from a focus on sickness and disease to one based on prevention and wellness". The goal of the NPS is to "increase the number of Americans who are healthy at every stage of life". The NPS prioritizes seven health and wellness ares:
- Tobacco Free Living
- Preventing Drug Abuse and Excessive Alcohol Use
- Healthy Eating
- Active Living
- Injury and Violence Prevention
- Reproductive and Sexual Health
- Mental and Emotional Well-Being
To learn more about the NPS, click here.