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Tool Information


Goals

  1. Health
  2. Education
  3. Civic Engagement
  4. Services

Description

Creating an organized community-based use of the Kansas Health Matters tool (http://www.kansashealthmatters.org/) could provide trackable local data on the health and well-being of Flint Hills communities. “Community dashboards” and the local networks created through collecting this information generate new opportunities to drive local programming and projects that proactively address local needs.

From www.kansashealthmatters.org website

Background

The Flint Hills region is part of five different public health regions:

  • North Central Kansas Public Health Initiative
  • Northeast Corner
  • Wildcat
  • EC Coalition
  • Lower 8 of SE Kansas

The Kansas Health Matters website brings community health-related statistical data, local resources and a wealth of information to one, accessible, user-friendly location. The intent is to give our communities the tools they need to read and understand the public health indicators that affect the quality of our residents’ lives. The tools help the community set goals and evaluate progress.

Kansas Health Matters is intended to help hospitals, health departments, community members and policy makers learn about the health of the community and ways to help improve it.  Community groups, schools, health associations, chambers of commerce, tourism and many other organizations can use this information to show the great benefits of living in Kansas as well as opportunities for improvement, with specific information. Master planners and government representatives can use this data to establish community goals on a variety of platforms. The evolving nature of this website allows all users of Kansas Health Matters to contribute information and ideas.

Kansas Health Matters was created by the Kansas Partnership for Improving Community Health (current members listed under Partners section).

Implementation Strategy


Champions and Partners

  • Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved - http://www.kamuonline.org/
  • Kansas Association of Local Health Departments - http://kalhd.org/
  • Kansas Department of Health and Environment - http://www.kdheks.gov/
  • Kansas Health Foundation - http://kansashealth.org/
  • Kansas Health Institute - http://www.khi.org/
  • Kansas Hospital Association - http://www.kha-net.org/
  • United Way of the Plains - http://www.unitedwayplains.org/

Timeframe

Short (1-3 years)

Cost

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Cost Details

Substantial investment has already gone into creating the Kansas Health Matters website and coding services to create the community dashboard tool. The cost for each community to put this tool to good use in leveraging resources for local programs is negligible. Finding local champions or organizations to lead the community assessment and report generation on a regular basis is the major cost factor in measuring and tracking health and well-being indicators. There is not necessarily a bricks and mortar component to this strategy. Finding the right champion organization to make this a sustainable effort that builds community capacity for civic engagement is crucial. 

Funding Sources

Substantial investment has already gone into creating the Kansas Health Matters website and coding services to create the community dashboard tool. The cost for each community to put this tool to good use in leveraging resources for local programs is negligible. Finding local champions or organizations to lead the community assessment and report generation on a regular basis is the major cost factor in measuring and tracking health and well-being indicators. There is not necessarily a bricks and mortar component to this strategy. Finding the right champion organization to make this a sustainable effort that builds community capacity for civic engagement is crucial. 

Implementation Details

A brief outline of the first few steps necessary for implementation are provided. The steps outlined here are provided only as a suggested starting point and other approaches are certainly valid.

  • Self-selected communities would follow the following steps:
  • Identify champion and research team
  • Study the Kansas Health Matters dashboard and reporting system
  • Identify methods and means for collecting community input and annual updates
  • Schedule process including community meetings
  • Gather key health stakeholders for interviews and data collection
  • Gather data from community through identified methods and means
  • Input community data into Kansas Health Matters dashboard
  • Identify key programs needed or gaps in community service
  • Find champions for new or enhanced programs
  • Annual updates/Repeat

Case Study


Active Choices, Stanford University School of Medicine

Active Choices is a telephone-based lifestyle behavior change program targeting adults aged ≥50 years designed to increase physical activity, grounded in social cognitive theory and the transtheoretical model. This promising practice delivered through one face-to-face meeting and up to eight one-on-one telephone counseling calls.

The goal of this practice is to increase physical activity in a diverse older adult population.

The program was first rigorously evaluated in a series of randomized controlled trials and shown to be efficacious. It then was evaluated in a dissemination study using a quasi-experimental design. Nine lead organizations at 12 sites participated in the evaluation. Active Choices participants (n=2503) averaged 65.8 years (80% women, 41% non-Hispanic white). Significant increases in moderate- to vigorous-intensity physical activity, total physical activity, and satisfaction with body appearance and function, and decreases in BMI were seen for the Active Choices program.

http://www.kansashealthmatters.org/index.php?module=promisepractice&controller=index&action=view&pid=3132

From examiner.com website “summer fun for elders and caregivers” article

http://www.examiner.com/article/summer-fun-for-elders-and-caregivers

 

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Relevance

The experimental program addresses stimulating new proactive healthy behavior in an aging population. A program such as this could build from the civic engagement required to accomplish the community health profile, and specifically address the challenges that were found. Including an academic health sciences partner in the community health profile process will pave the way for community-based experimental programs such as this.