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Local Health Improvement Process
The process for local health improvement follows a circular path starting with gathering data on the status of the community's health, followed by convening community members to review the data assessment, and then developing priorities for local health improvement and carrying out strategies to address the priorities for local health improvement.  We are back again at the stage when community feedback and discussion about the data assessment is invited.  See below.

*UPDATE January 31, 2014*
The 2014 Community Health Needs Assessment is now final. 

Priorities for Health Improvement in Frederick County
Once the updated Community Health Needs Assessment is finalized, the data will be used to support the priorities for local health improvement.  The priorities for local health improvement will once again be established by a process of convening interested community members, presenting the most recent community health needs assessment and other relevant data, group brainstorming of potential priorities and then individual voting for the top priorities. The summit to establish the priorities for local health improvement for 2014-2016 will be held February 4, 2014 from 8:30am-3:30pm at the All Saints Episcopal Church located at 106 W. Church Street in Frederick.  RSVP here to make sure there is seating available. 

The first summit to establish priorities for local health improvement was held October 5, 2011. The Summit was sponsored by the Frederick County Health Department, Frederick Memorial Hospital, and the Frederick County Health Care Coalition.  Over 70 persons attended representing a broad array of perspectives from concerned individuals to organizations.  The priorities identified for health improvement are:

  • Mental Health - see the Action Plan 
  • Affordable Dental Care - see the Action Plan 
  • Wellness and Prevention - see the Action Plan 
  • Health Inequities Awareness - incorporated throughout the other priority are action plans
  • Access to Care - see the Action Plan 
  • Early Childhood Growth and Development - see the Action Plan    

Frederick County Local Health Improvement Plan - Turning Priorities Into Action!
  • A local health improvement plan (LHIP) is more than just a document.  It provides a framework for accountability, local action, and public engagement to advance the health of Frederick County residents.  A positive health status provides the foundation for a thriving community and economy.
  • View the 2012 final progress report submitted to the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission describing the action taken and improvements made by the Local Health Improvement Coalition with the first year of grant funding received from the Maryland Community Health Resources Commission
  • Click here to view the Frederick County Local Health Improvement Plan, Version 1.0
  • During the October 5, 2011 Summit work groups were formed addressing each of the 6 top priorities for health improvement.  The draft ideas developed during the brief Summit meeting time on October 5 were further developed to produce the current action plans listed in the Local Health Improvement Plan and accessible as separate action plans in the section above.  
  • The action plans are expected to be revised and updated as new information and new partners become available.  In the interest of providing an opportunity for everyone to view the progress of the work groups and opportunities to contribute, updates will be posted on this web page. 
  •  If you want to get involved in a Work Group focused on one of the above 6 priority areas send an e-mail to <bbrookmyer@FrederickCountyMD.gov>  .  Make your voice and good ideas be heard.  Be a part of the solution.
  • The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) has requested that each jurisdiction in Maryland develop a Local Health Improvement Plan by early 2012.  You can view Maryland's State Health Improvement Plan by clicking the link in the Reference Materials section below.

Goal of the Local Health Improvement Process
  • The goal of the local health improvement plan process is progress in health through accountability, local action, and public engagement.
  • Through the local health improvement plan process Frederick County will support the attainment of goals of Maryland's State Health Improvement Plan.
  • Initial steps taken by the Frederick County Health Care Coalition as part of the Local Health Improvement process:
    • gather health related data
    • present that data to the Frederick community
    • convene a Health Priority Planning Summit on October 5, 2011 for all interested persons
    • develop a Local Health Improvement Plan centered around the 3-5 top priorities for local action identified during the Health Priority Planning Summit
    • convene work-groups for each local priority to establish associated objectives, strategies, measures and responsible entities
    • evaluate progress continually
    • report back to the Frederick community on a periodic basis

Reference Materials (see also Resources section on the Community Health Data webpage)