BRHD begins implementing plan to improve community's health
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- Work is getting underway to implement a plan to improve the community’s health.
The Blue Ridge Health District is working to put into action the recommendations made in last year’s MAPP2Health report.
According to a release, this is part of a Community Health Improvement Plan, or CHIP, that is expected to reach the entire health district.
CHIP launches this week and will take three years, working to unite agencies and organizations across BRHD’s service area.
It aims to make positive changes in transportation, the health care workforce, digital access and literacy, and mental and behavioral health.
In transportation, a workgroup includes the Charlottesville Area Transit, JAUNT, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors, University Transit, the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, the Charlottesville Area Alliance and the Piedmont Mobility Alliance.
The goal is to address various areas, such as a GPS app expansion, micro-transit options, rideshare options, transportation support to and from hospitals in the health district, and bus shelter improvements.
The release says JAUNT is already working on implementing improvements to its scheduling system and phone service.
The Healthcare Workforce workgroup is made up of clinical providers, government agencies, education, [email protected], area nonprofits, community health workers, school advocates, and community and diversity leaders from the University of Virginia Health System and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospital.
This group wants to ensure producers and staff reflect the diversity of the patient population and expand the provision of services in rural and underserved communities.
The release says the Community Health Worker network is already working as part of this.
There is also an objective to increase the number of qualified medical interpreters to help meet the needs of a multi-lingual community and to expand health services in the contest of the Comprehensive Planning and Economic Development plans of the jurisdictions covered by BRHD.
A workgroup is still being formed to handle the Digital Access and Literacy parts of the plan, but it will include the Albemarle Broadband Accessibility and Affordability Office, the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library, [email protected], the Jefferson Area Board for Aging, and the Louisa Commission on Aging.
These groups will look at how to get broadband, hardware, software, digital navigators, or online support to all BRHD residents, especially in rural communities and among older and non-native populations.
Finally, the Community Mental Health and Wellness Coalition is leading up a workgroup on Mental and Behavioral Health.
This will also include leaders from both area hospitals, behavioral health organizations, criminal justice organizations and others, aiming to identify priorities and the next steps necessary to reach CHIP’s goals.
In the end, all of this wants to increase access to care and promote policies, systems and environments to improve behavioral health and wellness.
For more information on CHIP, click here.