On March 6, 2014, Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services was one of two winning healthcare facilities from across the nation, recognized by the Healthy Communities Institute (HCI), a leading provider of technologies and services for community health analysis, population risk profiling and evidence-based health improvement programs, at their annual Healthy Communities Achievement Awards.
Floyd Memorial was chosen for demonstrating how data can be effective in driving strategic vision, identifying at-risk populations, prioritizing local health needs, building effective partnerships and strategically targeting resources where they can have greatest impact within the community.
Floyd Memorial’s primary community benefit focus is in Floyd County, a community of over 75,000. Over the past two years, Floyd Memorial has dramatically shifted their approach to community health improvement. In the past, programs focused mainly on screenings and informational booths at local health fairs. Now, fueling the hospital’s strategic direction, they have completed a community health needs assessment (floydfoundation.org/community-assessment), identified priority areas, launched targeted action plans, engaged community coalitions and funded a grant-giving program aligned with focus areas.
“Our county ranks 83 out of 92 counties in Indiana for tobacco use and we knew that by diving into the data we would identify related at-risk populations for intensifying our health improvement efforts,” said Shannon Carroll, RN, Coordinator of Healthier Community Initiative for Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services. “We saw in many cases that resources were being applied to populations with relatively good health indicators. With our new approach and a mini-grant funding program, we are able to launch three community-based coalitions specifically chartered to make a measurable impact: Physical Activity, Improving Nutrition and Tobacco Prevention & Cessation. The resulting programs and activities have gained the respect of both the Board of Trustees and the community for making a proactive, positive difference in addressing top priority health needs.”
“The submissions we received this year illustrate how rapidly our clients are transitioning to support population health initiatives through their community-based programs,” said Deryk Van Brunt, DrPH, president of the Healthy Communities Institute. “Our winners represent the forefront of innovative approaches for integrating data-driven planning, collaborative partnerships and evidence-based programs to make measurable community health improvements.”