History of Community Health Collaborative:
In 1999 a core group of individuals representing several local agencies/organizations interested in the “health” of the community formed a local coalition. This coalition, the Jasper and Newton Counties Community Health Collaborative (CHC) now has representation from several member agencies/organizations such as Jasper County Health Department, Joplin Health Department, Newton County Health Department, United Way, the Alliance of Southwest Missouri, Freeman Health System, Mercy Hospital and others. The coalition functions a a collaborative (subcommittee) of The Alliance of Southwest Missouri.
The mission of the CHC is to generate partnerships that will:
- Gather, interpret and share health information with the community
- Promote healthy behaviors
- Improve access to care
- Maximize efficient use of resources
To date, the CHC has been involved in several initiatives aimed at improving the “community health” of the two-county area: These include:
- Conducted comprehensive two-county community health assessments in 2002, 2005 and 2009.
- Implemented the “Got Soap” hand wash initiative aimed at reducing various communicable disease rates in the area.
- Conducted a 2-year “Operation Smile” oral health improvement initiative aimed at increasing the number of communities in the area with a fluoridated community water source.
- Working with other concerned entities in the area on a teen pregnancy reduction initiative.
- Designing and implementing the BreatheEasy Southwest Missouri tobacco use prevention program.