During 2010 and 2011, the Mahoning County District Board of Health, in collaboration with more than 30 community partners representing Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull counties, conducted a community health assessment (CHA) and developed a tri-county community health improvement plan (CHIP) to guide the community at large in the implementation of evidence based strategies to improve the health status of the residents of the Mahoning Valley around five targeted health priorities. This community health assessment and community health improvement planning process resulted in the publication of the 2011 Tri-County CHA/P.
Between 2011 and 2014, the tri-county team determined that the best interests of each county would be better served by individual community health plans that, while fully acknowledging and including regional and state health issues, were tailored to address the needs of each community. Therefore, during 2014, the Mahoning County CHIP Team conducted an analysis of the 2011 CHIP implementation, analyzed community health indicator data and published a 2014 Mahoning County Community Health Improvement Plan (2014 CHIP). Subsequently, the Mahoning County CHIP Team has met quarterly to monitor the plan implementation and to annually collect and review health indicator data and evaluate the community's progress toward achievement of established goals and objectives. Annually, since 2014, the CHIP Team has published a CHIP Evaluation Report that has been widely distributed throughout the community.
During 2016, plan implementation monitoring and analysis of health status indicator data revealed that, in many areas, despite full implementation of strategies progress toward the goals established in the 2014 plan was not sufficient. In addition, this data analysis along with community input clearly indicated that the 2014 CHIP did not address a very serious community health issue: disparity in health outcomes among many community groups. To address these plan shortcomings, the Mahoning County CHIP Team is presenting a 2017 revised Mahoning County CHIP that includes new plan strategies and objectives as well as adding a 5th health priority:
MAHONING COUNTY 2017 COMMUNITY HEALTH IMPROVEMENT PLAN
PRIORITY: Healthy Eating / Active Living
GOAL: Increase the number of Mahoning County adults and children regularly engaged in healthy eating and active living.
PRIORITY: Infant Mortality and Birth Outcome Inequity
GOAL: Infant mortality in Mahoning County will meet national goals and the disparity between black and white birth outcomes will be eliminated.
PRIORITY: Chronic Disease
GOAL: Fewer residents of Mahoning County will be diagnosed with diabetes and those with diabetes currently will experience reduced morbidity.
PRIORITY: Substance Use Disorders
GOAL: Decrease deaths from Substance Use Disorders.
PRIORITY: Health Inequities
GOAL: Eliminate racial and ethnic health outcome disparities.