Atlantic General Hospital, McCready Foundation and Peninsula Regional Medical Center have teamed up to partner with the Healthy Communities Institute (HCI) to offer an online resource of health and population data for residents of the Delmarva Peninsula, called Creating Healthy Communities. Backed by research developed at the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Medical School, the web-based Creating Healthy Communities is designed to help healthcare providers, hospitals, local health departments, community coalitions and policy makers gain important information about quality of life indicators in Wicomico, Worcester, Somerset and Sussex Counties.
"Healthy Communities Institute is excited to be part of the collaborative effort between Peninsula Regional Medical Center, McCready Foundation, and Atlantic General Hospital and their commitment to improve the health of the Tri-County area. The CHNA System represents a great investment to better understand the health of the region and work with the community to build evidence-based programs and policies to improve community health,” said Deryk Van Brunt, CEO, Healthy Communities Institute.
Working with HCI, the three local hospitals and the Health Departments of Worcester, Wicomico and Somerset have been collecting information and data on population, health needs and best-practice solutions for dozens of local health issues and other environmental factors that may contribute to people not seeking or receiving care. Collectively, they can now offer residents not only a clear understanding of the healthcare challenges being faced by our region, but also the interactive tools necessary for all community health partners to identify and pinpoint those areas of greatest need, such as diabetes and obesity, that seriously affect the health of our own communities. The information will be researched and updated regularly to guarantee that the most appropriate local needs are being addressed.
The data will help these healthcare leaders to better understand regional needs and then develop specific programs and services to best address those — in particular in the underserved and poorer areas of the Delmarva Peninsula. Previous studies have resulted in the creation of programs like the Tri-County Diabetes Alliance, which is working to reduce diabetes rates in our region that are dangerously and considerably higher than state and national averages.
All three hospitals have a long-standing tradition of partnering with health and human service agencies, schools and other non-profits to improve the overall health of the Lower Eastern Shore and southern and eastern Sussex County. The new HCI content site, which is available on all three hospital websites, includes community health dashboards, regional demographics, reporting tools and national goals through the Healthy People 2020 Tracker.
Residents looking to review the information on the new Creating Healthy Communities information may access it now at these locations: On the Peninsula Regional website in the Quick Links section to the right side of the page or www.peninsula.org/CHC, under the About Us drop down section of Atlantic General Hospital’s web site or www.atlanticgeneral.org/creatinghealthycommunities or from McCready’s homepage under the “Community” heading at www.mccreadyfoundation.org.