Community Health Assessment
The Western Maryland Health System is committed to improving the health of the citizens we serve and is a founding member of the Allegany County Health Planning Coalition. This is a group of community partners working together for a healthier community.
WMHS and the Allegany County Health Department conducted a community health assessment in the summer of 2011. A local health action plan was developed to address the top 13 priorities identified by the assessment. Rising to the top of the list of priorities were tobacco use, obesity, access to care, and emotional and mental health.
The statistical information compiled about the health status of the County and a summary of community health needs are available at www.alleganyhealthplanningcoalition.com
. Actions to address each of the top 13 priorities are on the site as well.
"These action plans are designed to engage everyone in the community, including businesses, churches, civic organizations, and individuals,” explains Nancy Forlifer, Director of Community Health and Wellness at WMHS. "The strategies range from education about making healthier choices on a personal level to implementation of public policy changes that promote better health.”
The Coalition meets monthly and the public is welcome to attend the meetings, which are held at the Allegany County Health Department on Willowbrook Road. The meeting schedule and the minutes from the meetings are available on the website.
Members of the Allegany County Health Planning Coalition include the Allegany County Health Department, WMHS, Allegany County Board of Education, County United Way, Tri-State Community Health Center, and the Western Maryland Area Health Education Center.
More information is available by calling WMHS Community Health and Wellness at 240-964-8422 or the Allegany County Health Department at 301-759-5000.