Press Release
Public Health

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Wanted: Residents Who Care about the Health of our Community

Kittitas County, WA - 05/12/2017 - The Kittitas County Public Health Department (KCPHD) is looking for residents who care strongly about the health of our community. We are currently recruiting participants for our upcoming Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Planning (CHIP) process.

Community members are an integral part to the assessment and planning process.  In order to be effective, it is critical that we know the concerns of our residents. Volunteers will have an opportunity to have their voice heard and be a part of how we address health in the future in Kittitas County.
 
KCPHD is working in collaboration with the Kittitas County Health Network (KCHN) to create a county wide community health assessment.  KCHN is a collaboration between a variety of community organizations* to improve population health through collaboration and system change. The assessment will help us to prioritize Kittitas County’s health needs, so that we can better target our collective resources in addressing the identified needs.  The Community Health Assessment (CHA) will then be used to create a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).
 
Participants will be asked to attend monthly day-time meetings and will have an opportunity to choose volunteer roles that best suit their strengths from working with the public, organizing events, collecting and analyzing data, to providing edits and feedback on CHA-CHIP documents.
 
In 2012, KCPHD successfully conducted a similar CHA-CHIP process along with 35 community partners, which resulted in a comprehensive assessment of the community’s needs and identified health priorities.  To view the 2012 documents, visit http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us/health/reports/default.aspx.
 
If you would like to be a part of improving health in our community, please contact the Kittitas County Public Health Department at 509-962-7515.
 
* Participating organizations include Kittitas Valley Healthcare, Hopesource, Kittitas County Public Health Department, Community Health of Central Washington, Central Washington University, Lisa Martin, PhD, Aging and Long Term Care, Kittitas Valley Fire and Rescue, and Hinkle and Associates. 
 

Kittitas County, from the Cascades to the Columbia, and online at http://www.co.kittitas.wa.us

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Contact: Kasey Knutson, Public Information Officer, 509-962-7515