June 2007

 

IN THIS ISSUE

Celebrate with Us!

CHIP Announces New Leadership

Health Futurist, Leland Kaiser, Visits Sarasota County

Tobacco-Free Campuses: Local Health Leadership Shares Common Vision

CSI:Health Launches GetSarasotaInsured.com

CHIP Unveils Film on the Uninsured

Celebrating Sarasota Healthcare Access

Supporting Synergies, Thinking Big: CHIP’s Health System Collaboration Committee

CHIP -- and CHIP Centers -- Continue to Expand

 

News from the CHATS

 

Upcoming Meetings

 

Contact Us

 

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Visit the

CHIP website

for more news

and information

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CHIP is made possible

because of the support of these community partners:

 

    

 Gulf Coast Community Foundation of Venice 

 

 

The Community Foundation

of Sarasota County

 

 

 

Florida Department

of Health

 

 

Sarasota County

 

 

Charlotte County

Health Department

 

 

Charlotte Regional

Medical Center

 

 

DeSoto County

 

 

DeSoto Memorial Hospital

 

 

Doctors Hospital

 

 

 

Englewood Community Hospital

 

 

Fawcett Memorial

Hospital

 

 

Peace River Regional

Medical Center

 

 

Sarasota Memorial

Healthcare System

 

 

Venice Regional

 Medical Center

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Community Health Improvement Partnership, or CHIP, brings together a dynamic collaboration of individuals,

organizations, hospitals, and others to build better health and wellness for Sarasota County.

 

Celebrate with Us!

CHIP’s fourth Volunteer Celebration Luncheon will take place at the Plantation Golf and Country Club (500 Rockley Blvd, Venice) on June 26, 2007 at 11:30 a.m.. Join us for this energizing event which will showcase CHIP accomplishments during the past four years and unveil a plan for the future.  Lunch will be served at this free community event. RSVP to Catherine by June 19th:  941.861.2987 or by email.

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CHIP Announces New Leadership

Having served as the CHIP Project Director since its beginning in 2002, Leslie Clarke, PhD, will be leaving Sarasota County this summer to tackle new adventures in San Diego, CA. Her energy and passion for partnership will be missed.

In August, Leslie will pass on the torch to Maggie Kennedy, RN MSN, who will assume the role of Interim CHIP Director. Maggie is well suited for this new position. A former hospital administrator with a background in nursing, she has served as the Coordinator of the Health Provocateur Project for the past two years and is also a former Chair of the LOVN CHAT.

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Health Futurist, Leland Kaiser, Visits Sarasota County

Leadership is about creating the future we want.  In April, CHIP’s Leadership Council was visited by Dr. Leland Kaiser, national healthcare futurist, who spoke to the group on how to think differently about our healthcare system. He emphasized the need to design what we desire, ask different questions and create innovative public-private partnerships.

Dr. Kaiser also met with the Hospital CEOs and Health Department Administrators from Charlotte, DeSoto and Sarasota Counties to discuss national best practices and alternate ways to envision healthcare.  Because of the partnerships built across these public and private health care organizations, this tri-County region could be a demonstration county for the nation to model innovative healthcare delivery.

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Tobacco-Free Campuses: Local Leadership Shares Common Vision

A press event on April 5th celebrated the signing of a Tobacco-Free Campus Proclamation by all 11 hospitals and health departments in Sarasota, Charlotte and DeSoto Counties. All tobacco use will be banned from their properties by all staff, patients, visitors, and vendors. Smoking cessation treatment and classes will be offered to help staff and patients end their dependence on tobacco. An estimated 300 employees at 2 hospitals have already kicked their smoking habit! The leaders of these organizations serve as models to influence public attitudes about tobacco use. This is the first of many anticipated cooperative activities among the partnership known as CHIP's Health Provocateur Project.

Recently, three new healthcare leaders have joined the project. Welcome aboard Brad Nurkin, CEO of Charlotte Regional Medical Center; Vince Sica, CEO of DeSoto Memorial Hospital; and Mary Kay Burns, Administrator of the DeSoto County Health Department.

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CSI:Health Launches www.GetSarasotaInsured.com

Through it’s committee CSI: Health, CHIP has launched www.GetSarasotaInsured.com. The website captures information about insurance products and current efforts to increase access to health insurance coverage.

 

After organizing a series of informational forums in April, CSI:Health, led by Del Borgsdorf of the Sarasota Chamber of Commerce, is developing solutions to the issue of health insurance and its impact on businesses and workers in the community.  The committee is developing its strategic plan to focus on educating small businesses and employees about affordable health insurance options and developing a political call to action to engage legislators to work with the group to solve this problem.  A speakers bureau and video for the business sector are also being created to spread the message of how we must work together to solve this challenge.

 

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CHIP Unveils Film on the Uninsured

Integrating personal stories with local data, a new documentary examines the lack health insurance faced by more than 18% of Sarasota County residents.  "Uncovered: Health and the Uninsured in Sarasota County" was produced by CHIP -- in association with local filmmaker, Brad Bryan -- as part of its ongoing efforts to build local community solutions to the problem of the uninsured. The film was released at the kick-off of the Sarasota Healthcare Access program and can be viewed on the CHIP website.

The film is a complement to a CHIP report on the same topic. This report is expected to be released by CHIP in late summer.

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 Celebrating Sarasota Healthcare Access

The Sarasota Healthcare Access program was officially launched at a community-wide celebration at the Health Department on April 20th. Healthcare Access creates a system of referrals and easy access for uninsured residents from Sarasota County emergency departments to primary care medical homes.  The program is a cooperative effort of the Sarasota County Health Department, Senior Friendship Centers, and local hospitals – Sarasota Memorial, Doctor’s Hospital, Englewood Hospital and Venice Regional Medical Center.  With funding from the Florida Department of Health, a case manager and pharmacy technician have been hired to help  uninsured find a medical home.

The need for this program was identified by CHIP's Health Provocateur Project and was designed by staff from the Sarasota County Health Department and local hospitals.

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Supporting Synergies, Thinking Big: CHIP’s Health System Collaboration Committee

Like its name suggests, CHIP’s Health Systems Collaboration Committee (HSCC) is fostering collaborations.   Staff from SCOPE, Sarasota County Human Services and the Community Alliance – all groups maintaining community indicators – have recently joined the HSCC’s monthly meetings. This collective group has been inspired by a community indicator model used in Nevada in which community members “adopt” indicators and individuals, businesses and organizations collaborate to make measurable improvements on the community. Can we implement something similar in Sarasota County?

Also, CHIP has been asked by Sarasota County's Community Alliance to lead efforts to develop priorities for health in the County, in conjunction with key Alliance members.  The HSCC will use the CHIP Health Scorecard as a starting point in the process.

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 CHIP -- and CHIP Centers --  Continue to Expand

Like CHIP, CHIP Centers have crossed boundaries! A round of applause goes to the Charlotte County Health Department which has recently created its own CHIP, with support from Sarasota County CHIP staff. As a first major effort, Charlotte’s CHIP opened a CHIP Center at the Charlotte County Health Department’s Englewood site (6868 San Casa Road) on May 23rd.  

And the seventh – yes, seventh! – CHIP Health and Wellness Information Center was opened in Sarasota County with a celebration at the Englewood YMCA on March 5th.  Talks are currently underway with the Sarasota County Library system to expand the Centers to more local libraries.

The info-packed CHIP Centers newsletter, HealthNews, now covers all of South County and is distributed in Englewood and North Port (thanks to CHAT Coordinator, Diane), as well as the Venice area.  

Americorp Volunteer, Jamila Ivy, has compiled a health information reference kit which has been distributed to all CHIP Centers. And with the help of student intern, Dena Dahlquist, each of CHIP’s Health and Wellness Information Centers are now outfitted with a special toolkit. The toolkit provides a month-by-month plan for showcasing health information and recognizing health observances. Thank you, Jamila and Dena!

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  News from the Community Health Action Teams (CHATs)
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

North Port CHAT

The North Port CHAT has been making the news monthly, highlighting their Visioning for a Healthier North Port community forums, securing dedicated space in City Hall (yes, City Hall!) for a staff member to work on the development of the Integrated System of Care Council, creating a community vision and building for a future teen center (to be run by teens), and advocating in Tallahassee for improved health services in North Port.  The epitome of action, this group is vocal and has a vital role in shaping the health of their community. 

 

Englewood CHAT

The Englewood CHAT has new leadership by Chris Zeigler, clinic manager of the Charlotte County Health Department, with support by Eric Stockley from the same agency.  Together with Diane Ramseyer and Nora Davis they are revising the strategic action plan for the CHAT and planning presentations to the community on Asset-Based Community Development.  They are also spearheading discussion on ways to improve 2-1-1 and transportation services across county lines.   Meanwhile, the new Englewood Area Roundtable of Services (formerly known as the Englewood Interagency Council) has begun meetings to address agency-related issues.

 

LOVN CHAT

On April 30th, the LOVN CHAT’s Family Advocacy Committee sponsored a forum for residents – young and old – to discuss the needs of area youth. This venue provided valuable input on what kids are looking for in the community.  This forum was be led by Mayor Fred Hammit and took place at Venice High School.

The CHAT’s Senior Focus Committee has embarked upon a multi-faceted approach to helping encourage seniors to remain/become more active.  This includes promoting the development of walking paths and clubs through outreach to churches and home owner associations.  This will also be when a “prescription pad” project of Senior Friendship Center will be given to physicians.  SFC has worked with the committee to ensure that part of the “prescription” include regular exercise.

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Upcoming Meetings    

 

June 7
3:00 pm
North Port Health Promotions Committee

Warm Mineral Springs

 

June 8
8:30 am
LOVN CHAT
Venice Community Center

 

June 13

4:30 pm
North Port CHAT
Juliano Room, North Port Library 

 

June 18

9:00 am
Health Systems Collaboration Committee
GCCFV

 

June 19
3:00 pm
Health Provocateur / Low-Income Pharmacy Team

 

June 18
2:00 pm
CSI: Health Meeting, Sarasota County Health Department (2200 Ringling Blvd), Auditorium
Sarasota

 

June 19
3:00 pm
Sarasota Community Pharmacy Meeting

Location TBD

June 21
8:30 am
Englewood CHAT
United Methodist Church,
Englewood.

June 26
11:30 am
CHIP Celebration Luncheon
Plantation Golf & Country Club (Clubhouse), 500 Rockley Blvd
Venice

 

See the CHIP website to keep up-to-date on CHIP events.

 

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Contact Us

Questions about the Community Health Improvement Partnership?

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

941.861.2987.

www.chip4health.org

 

CHIP

Sarasota County Health and Human Services Business Center

P.O. Box 2658

Sarasota, FL 34230