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Community Health Initiatives: HIP-Cuyahoga
What Is HIP-Cuyahoga?
The PRCHN has long-standing relationships with the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, the Cleveland Department of Public Health, and the Shaker Heights Health Department. These three health departments lead the Health Improvement Partnership (HIP)-Cuyahoga. The PRCHN and CWRU are proud to be among the more than 100 community organizations who are part of HIP-Cuyahoga. The partnership's mission is to inspire, influence, and advance policy, environmental, and lifestyle changes that foster health and wellness for everyone who lives, works, learns, and plays in Cuyahoga County.

HIP-Cuyahoga focuses its work on four health issues:
  • Eliminate structural racism as a social determinant of health
  • Increase access and opportunity for improved nutrition and physical activity (Healthy Eating and Active Living, or "HEAL")
  • Improve coordination between clinical care and public health to improve population health
  • Improve chronic disease management through the engagement of various sector
  • HIP-Cuyahoga has developed a community health improvement plan (CHIP) that will serve as our roadmap to addressing the most important factors that impact health in our county. Download the report from the HIP-Cuyahoga website. 
HIP-Cuyahoga conducted four MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships) to prioritize community health issues. These issues were identified through four different assessments, one of which was a wide-reaching community survey by the PRCHN (in cooperation with other HIP-Cuyahoga partners) in which more than 5,700 Cuyahoga County residents were asked about health issues concerning them and their neighborhoods/communities.
 
 
In June 2016, HIP-Cuyahoga released the first-ever Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for Cuyahoga County. This comprehensive report identifies and addresses significant health priorities and will serve as a roadmap to addressing the most important factors that affect health in our county. You can download a copy of the CHIP via the HIP-Cuyahoga website. 
 
 
  
What Is the PRCHN's Role in HIP-Cuyahoga?
The PRCHN and Associate Director Erika Trapl, PhD, are the anchor for the HEAL subcommittee. A key portion of the sub-committee’s work is being implemented through a Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant from the Centers for Disease Control.

In June 2014, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released six Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOA’s)​, several of which aligned with the HIP-C Strategic Issues and Key Priorities. The HIP Steering Committee decided to apply for the Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant. Two of the HIP-C key priorities aligned perfectly with the recommended priorities of the REACH FOA and reflected the work that was already part of the Nutrition and Physical Activity and Chronic Disease Management Subcommittees: 1) increase access and opportunity for improved nutrition and physical activity (HEAL) and 2) improve chronic disease management (CDM) through engagement of various sectors. These proposed strategies targeted three of the chronic disease risk factors identified in the FOA for comprehensive REACH applicants: (1) Poor nutrition; (2) Physical Inactivity; and (3) Poor linkages to quality health services.
 
The PRCHN is pleased to be involved in two of the three Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grants from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded in the Greater Cleveland area. Learn more about these grants in the August 2015 issue of the PRCHN Connection.

The PRCHN was proud to be part of the core writing team, along with Better Health Greater Cleveland, Shaker Heights Health Department and the Board of Health.The purpose of this REACH application is to implement and disseminate evidence-based practices to improve healthy eating, active living and access to quality health care in targeted, high-need neighborhoods in Greater Cleveland.
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