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Of the nearly 100 healthy communities created in Pennsylvania by the PA Department of Health, the Volunteer Hospital Association, and the Healthy Communities Institute, LCHIC leads the way in coordinating health improvement projects, affecting public policy and making significant impact on health status and quality of life of Lycoming County residents. LCHIC’s efforts to re-invent itself congruent to emerging trends and community dynamics; to improve visibility and financial sustainability; and to concertedly advance community collaboration plans toward the LCHIC vision and mission is noteworthy.
The 2010-2011 Strategic Planning Session of the Lycoming County Health Improvement Coalition was characterized by meaningful and candid discussion as well as a free flow of ideas and challenges. The annual January session has become less of a “strategic planning” session and more appropriately serves as a forum for “launching” future plans and activities of LCHIC. More importantly, the annual session serves to reaffirm LCHIC’s critical position in the community and its measurable progress as a respected catalyst for community collaboration.
Board wisdom and insights were captured as follows:
As evaluated by the Board of Directors, progress is evident. Those recommendations, noted earlier remain as pursuits of LCHIC in addition to following:
Based on LCHIC’s evolution, the recommendations place a greater focus and expectation on the work of the Task Forces and projects found there. The LCHIC Board is positioned to set direction, pass the baton and establish systems that enable Task Forces to be accountable for a measurable impact on the health of Lycoming County. As summarized by a member of the Board, the leadership of LCHIC must embrace as its mantra, “We Will” which acrostically spells out: Wellness, Innovation, Learning and Leadership.
Among leaders of health improvement initiatives, it is frequently stated that the knowledge we gain is more accurate, meaningful and useful as we integrate our understandings to those “living and working in the fields.” With that understanding, we are armored with knowledge to create positive social change and the will to dramatically “inspire better lives”.