February 2005

 

 

In this Issue...

 

CHIP 101

 

New & Improved CHIP

 

News from the CHATs

  North Port

  Englewood

  'LOVN'

 

On the Horizon:

National Partnership

 

CHIP Presentations

 

Training Opportunities

 

Funding Update

 

Upcoming Meetings

 

Contact Us

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Visit the CHIP website

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The Community Health Improvement Partnership, or CHIP, was created in 2002 to identify the most critical health needs in South Sarasota County and engage area residents in developing community-based solutions to meet those needs.

CHIP 101 

While many of you have been active with CHIP since its beginning, for others, this issue of The CHIP Report may be your first exposure to the Community Health Improvement Partnership. To bring you up to speed, we offer a brief introduction.

 

The Community Health Improvement Partnership is a community-based initiative to improve the health of South Sarasota County residents. The project is based on a model developed by the Institute of Medicine which aims to involve community members in studying and solving local health issues. This initiative is grounded in data analysis and the systematic study of local needs and available resources. It integrates prevention, wellness and intervention strategies into community-driven health improvement efforts. 

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New & Improved CHIP    

CHIP has moved, changed its name and reorganized!  Now called the Community Health Improvement Partnership (formerly the Community Health Improvement Project), CHIP has recently relocated to the Sarasota County Health Department offices at 2200 Ringling Blvd.  After organizing and managing the project for two years, SCOPE transitioned the long-term management of CHIP to the Health Department.  CHIP continues to be overseen by a management team of Directors from SCOPE, the Health Department and the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice, as well as the CHIP Oversight Committee.

 

Two new subcommittees of the CHIP Oversight Committee are active:  the Health System Collaboration Committee and the CHAT Strategic Support Committee.  The first intends to improve health standards in the community and facilitate collaboration between the health care system and the public.  The second will support the CHATs in implementing local health care improvements. 

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News from the Community Health Action Teams (CHATs)    

 North Port CHAT

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The North Port Health and Family Services Center, an initiative sparked by the North Port CHAT, has had no need to advertise its services. Serving nearly 700 residents since opening in October, the Center has provided more than 1,600 services, including dental care to more than 140 residents. The Center is already adding a nurse and other staff to meet the public needs. 

 

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North Port CHAT members are geared up to tackle transportation troubles.  The North Port CHAT Transportation Committee, led by Jack Fournier, is contacting transportation experts statewide to learn from other communities about innovative transportation solutions.

 

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Media committee members are writing monthly health-related articles.  Watch the North Port Sun Herald for more.

 

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Englewood CHAT

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A team of volunteers in Englewood is now on hand to help residents navigate needed heath and human services, which can be as confusing as the county line that divides the community. CHAT members have created a video and brochure to help those who need care get it without traveling to Port Charlotte or Sarasota. "Traveling CHAT” volunteers have spoken to the West Charlotte Civic Association, the Chamber of Commerce, Englewood Isles Homeowners Association, and the Englewood Sunrise Rotary.  Your organization could be next!  Call Connie Ellis for more information: 941.495.1387.

 

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The Englewood Interagency Council recently merged with the Englewood CHAT. The first meeting of the newly merged committee was Thursday Feb. 17th at 8:30 a.m. at the Englewood United Methodist Church (EUMC).

 

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LOVN (Laurel/Osprey/Nokomis/Venice) CHAT

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The LOVN CHAT is celebrating the unveiling of their new Health and Human Services Community Directory on February 25th at 8:00 a.m. at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church.  Join us in this celebration.  The unveiling will be followed by a presentation on Envision Venice. The directory will be distributed in the Venice Gondolier Sun on February 27th and March 2nd.  If you would like copies for your agency, call Judy Egan at Goodwill Industries-Manasota at 493.5077.

 

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The LOVN Senior Issues Subcommittee is partnering with USF-Sarasota to develop a program to serve chronically ill seniors. Once funding is secured, the LOVN Care Team hopes to  provide nursing, physical therapy, nutrition education, counseling, and other support services.

 

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The LOVN Multi-Agency Subcommittee is developing a plan to create a network of "CHIP Centers" throughout the LOVN area. The Centers will offer health and wellness information at locations such as Goodwill, Venice Public Library, the YMCA and the Sandra Sims Terry Community Center. 

 

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  On the Horizon: National Partnership     
 

With the help of Dr. John Kontor, the CHIP Health System Collaboration Committee is pursing a partnership with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement . The Institute is considering Sarasota County as a pilot area for the testing of community-focused health quality outcomes.  This is an exciting opportunity for our community to be a national leader in health care improvement. 

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  CHIP Presentations                           

 

LOVN CHAT chairpersons, Maggie Kennedy and Judy Egan, along with Leslie Clarke, CHIP Project Director, presented to the City of Venice Committee on Senior Living on February 16th. The CHAT hopes to engage the city leaders in planning for community health improvement.

 

The Englewood Traveling CHAT will present to the Englewood Sunrise Rotary at 7:00 a.m. on February 17th at the SunCoast Auditorium at Englewood Community Hospital.

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  Training Opportunities  
 

 

 

A group of a CHAT members will attend the Manasota Regional Neighborhoods Summit on February 26th in Sarasota. Sponsored in part by Sarasota County and SCOPE, this is an excellent opportunity to learn from national expert John McKnight on how to engage citizens and neighbors in community endeavors.

 

CHAT chairs will also attend a national conference sponsored by the Association for Community Health Improvement and Communities Joined in Action. Community Health Solutions: Keeping the Dream Alive will take place March 3-5 at Tampa's Hyatt Regency.  Opportunities await for networking with other community health groups!

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Funding Update

CHIP is grateful to the Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice, Sarasota County Health Department, Sarasota Memorial Hospital, Englewood Community Hospital and Fawcett Memorial Hospital for continuing their generous support of the CHIP project. Thank you!

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Upcoming Meetings                                                              

 

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2:30 pm  -  Senior Issues Subcommittee (LOVN CHAT), Venice Public Library, conference room

 

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8:30 am - Englewood CHAT Meeting, United Methodist Church, Englewood

 

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3 pm to 6 pm -  Laurel Health Screening/Expo. Free health screenings and education will be provided by staff of the Sarasota County Health Department, Senior Friendship Centers and other area agencies. The event is sponsored by the Laurel Civic Association.

 

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8:00 am - LOVN CHAT meeting & unveiling of the LOVN CHAT Health and Human Services Community Directory, St. Mark's Church, Venice.

 

March 2005

 

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8:30 am - Oversight Committee Meeting, Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice.

 

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4:30 pm - North Port CHAT, North Port Health Park.

 

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8:30 am - LOVN CHAT, St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Aging: The Possibilities will be presented by SCOPE.

 

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8:30 am - Sarasota County Obesity Prevention Coalition, Sarasota County Health Department.

 

2:30 - Senior Issues Subcommittee of the LOVN CHAT. Check website for location.

 

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8:30 - Englewood CHAT. Englewood United Methodist Church.

 

 

Keep up-to-date on all CHIP events -- visit the CHIP calendar.

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Contact Us                                                                          

 

 

 

 

 

 

CHIP is pleased to welcome Jessica Balos, M.A., to the CHIP staff. Jessica came on board in January  as the CHIP Communications and Event Coordinator.  Please contact her at 941.861.2987, if you have any questions about meeting dates, locations or other CHIP-related matters. Jessica's email address is jessica_balos@doh.state.fl.us .

 

CHIP is grateful to have Kari Ellingstad, M.P.H., continue her part-time work as a CHIP researcher while she completes her Ph.D. in epidemiology. Kari has been integral to all CHIP assessments, research, and website management. Kari can be reached by phone at 941.861.2867, or by email at kari_ellingstad@doh.state.fl.us .

 

Leslie Clarke, Ph.D., serves as the Project Director for the Community Health Improvement Partnership. Leslie can be reached at 941.861.2582 or by email at leslie_clarke@doh.state.fl.us .

 

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Questions about Community Health Improvement Partnership?

Click here to email CHIP staff, or reach us by phone at

941.861.2987 or 941.861.2582

www.scopexcel.org/chip/index.htm

 

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