Revised CHIP (October 2019)

In 2013, the Greater Milford Community Health Network: CHNA 6 undertook an 18-month process to create a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for the Greater Milford region.  The 2015 CHIP prioritized the findings from the 2012 Community Health Assessment (CHA) and involved over 45 healthcare providers, municipal agencies, and community-based organizations in the process. 

 

The CHIP provides a framework for organizations to work collaboratively to address the region’s most pressing health issues.  This “collective impact” strategy allows for larger-scale and more lasting social change than could be achieved by individual agencies working in isolation.  It was used as a guide for the CHNA’s 2016 grantmaking.

 

The steering committee of the CHNA was charged with revisiting the CHIP each year to “improve and further align expectations with outcomes.”  During the fall of 2019, the steering committee worked to evaluate the outcomes of current grantees and how well they met the objectives of the CHIP.  In addition, the steering committee reviewed the 2018 Community Health Needs Assessment conducted by Milford Regional Medical Center. 

 

What follows is a revised CHIP that incorporates the findings of the new CHA and lessons learned from the past year’s grants.  This document provides realistic and measurable objectives to achieve the key health concerns identified by community stakeholders in the Greater Milford area.  By working together, we can achieve greater health and wellbeing for our residents.  

Revised CHIP (October 2018)

In 2013, the Greater Milford Community Health Network: CHNA 6 undertook an 18-month process to create a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for the Greater Milford region.  The 2015 CHIP prioritized the findings from the 2012 Community Health Assessment (CHA) and involved over 45 healthcare providers, municipal agencies, and community-based organizations in the process.   


The CHIP provides a framework for organizations to work collaboratively to address the region’s most pressing health issues.  This “collective impact” strategy allows for larger-scale and more lasting social change than could be achieved by individual agencies working in isolation.  It was used as a guide for the CHNA’s 2016 grantmaking. 


The steering committee of the CHNA was charged with revisiting the CHIP each year to “improve and further align expectations with outcomes.”  During the fall of 2018, the steering committee worked to evaluate the outcomes of current grantees and how well they met the objectives of the CHIP.  In addition, the steering committee reviewed the 2018 Community Health Assessment conducted by Milford Regional Medical Center.   


What follows is a revised CHIP that incorporates the findings of the new CHA and lessons learned from the past year’s grants.  This document provides realistic and measurable objectives to achieve the key health concerns identified by community stakeholders in the Greater Milford area.  By working together, we can achieve greater health and wellbeing for our residents.  

Revised CHIP (October 2017)

In 2013, the Greater Milford Community Health Network: CHNA 6 undertook an 18-month process to create a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for the Greater Milford region.  The 2015 CHIP prioritized the findings from the 2012 Community Health Assessment (CHA) and involved over 45 healthcare providers, municipal agencies, and community-based organizations in the process.  

 

The CHIP provides a framework for organizations to work collaboratively to address the region’s most pressing health issues.  This “collective impact” strategy allows for larger-scale and more lasting social change than could be achieved by individual agencies working in isolation.  It was used as a guide for the CHNA’s 2016 grantmaking.

 

The steering committee of the CHNA was charged with revisiting the CHIP each year to “improve and further align expectations with outcomes.”  During the summer of 2017 and October of 2017, the steering committee worked to evaluate the outcomes of current grantees and how well they met the objectives of the CHIP.  

 

What follows is a revised CHIP that focuses on fewer objectives within each of the four priority areas.  By focusing on efforts that have the greatest potential for change and that are realistic and measurable, the steering committee expects the CHIP to lead to greater impact. Click here for revised CHIP. 

Dear Greater Milford Community,

 

We are pleased to present the 2015 Greater Milford Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), produced by the Greater Milford Community Health Network: CHNA 6. The CHIP is the culmination of an 18 month process beginning in March 2013 with the first strategy meeting of CHNA 6 to prioritize key findings of the 2012 Community Health Assessment (CHA). During the following year, all CHNA 6 meetings were devoted to meeting in work groups to develop goals, objectives and strategies for the priority areas. We have had the privilege of working with so many incredible, passionate people during this process. We learned a great deal about group process and working together in areas of mutual interest and expertise. Work groups bonded over the span of the year and grew in number to include as many agencies and individuals as possible. Ultimately, the CHIP reflects who was at the table, however the process continues to evolve with new voices and content experts.

 

The CHNA 6 steering committee and work group leaders have been instrumental in dedicating their time and energy to this plan and the process. Our hope is for the CHIP to balance ideal outcomes with realistic expectations. We expect to keep work groups and the greater community engaged in seeking the best means to achieve the objectives laid out in the CHIP. We know that progress has already been made in many areas even before the ink is dry as a result of the inherent collaboration and shared vision of the coalition.

 

We believe that the success of the CHIP will bring improved health outcomes to so many residents of our region. CHNA 6 is fortunate to be able to offer substantial grants over the next several years to meet many of these goals and objectives. During this process, we are committed to identifying and replicating successful initiatives and programs to improve the health of our communities. We are also committed to revisiting the CHIP each year to improve and further align expectations with outcomes. We invite all of you to participate, to seek solutions for strategies identified in the plan, and to develop a community wide effort in the priority areas of eliminating health disparities, improving the access and availability of health care, reducing chronic diseases, and preventing substance abuse and mental health disorders.

 

Many thanks to Steve Ridini and Amanda Ayers from Health Resources in Action, Inc. (HRiA) for their work and guidance, and to all of you for taking the time to read this plan and to consider how you can contribute to its success. 

Greater Milford Community Health Improvement Plan
Greater Milford CHIP FINAL.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [950.0 KB]

Join the Steering Committee:  The Steering Committee is looking for new members! The steering committee meets every other month to set agenda for general CHNA 6 meetings, approve recommendations of the grants committee, and members serve on one of the subcommittees; finance, outreach/education or grants distribution. The commitment is about 10 hours a month. If you are interested, please submit this brief application by February 7, 2020 to coordinator@chnna6.org

Keys to Successful Grantwriting!
We would like to invite CHNA 6 members to participate in a grantwriting workshop!

 

  • When: Thursday, February 13, 2020 (Snow Date: Thursday, February 27, 2020)
  • Time: 8:30 am – 12 noon
  • Presenter: Dodi Swope, adjunct faculty member at Clark University and Senior Consultant at Investing in Girls Alliance.
  • Location: Ruth Anne Bleakney Senior Center (located at 60 N. Bow St., Milford, MA 01757
  • Fee: $10/person. Light breakfast included
  • Audience: Those new to grantwriting and those who want to assure they’re up-to-the-minute in their grantwriting approach. 
  • To Register: Submit this form by Friday, January 24, 2020. You will receive an email confirmation. Space is limited and registration is not complete until payment recieved. 
  • Cancellation policy: Because we incur costs and may be unable to fill your seat, refunds will not be made for cancellations made within one week of workshop.

 

Writing successful grant proposals doesn’t have to be a mysterious process. Whatever your funding target may be – a particular foundation, corporation, or government funder – there are certain steps that are generally the same and key areas that deserve special attention.

 

 In this session you will focus on:

  • Asking good questions up front – “Are we the right organization to do this and why?” and “What is the amount of change we can promise?”
  • Clarity of goals and objectives
  • The roles of needs assessment, logic models, theory of change, and partnerships
  • How to stay “in the know” about grantwriting trends
  • If you have a project in mind, or an idea that you’d like to develop, bring it with you. If you don’t, come anyway! You’ll leave with a solid understanding of what goes into a competitive proposal that, combined with research on funders likely to have an interest in your project, will position you for success.

 

Presenter Dodi Swope is a training and technical assistance specialist at Oklahoma University's Southwest Prevention Center. She teaches a graduate level course in grantwriting at Clark University through the International Development Community and Environment department. Dodi is also a public health consultant, facilitator and trainer.

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