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Western Maryland Health System is committed to working with patients and their families to meet healthcare needs and improve over health, both in and out of the hospital room. In order to promote a healthy community, WMHS and the Allegany County Health Department (ACHD) conducted a recent community health needs assessment. Based on the information collected, WMHS, ACHD and various community partners developed a local health action plan.

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The priorities identified in the most recent community health needs assessment were:

Substance Abuse

  • Increase understanding of opioid use and related consequences
  • Increase early identification of pregnant women using substances

Poverty

  • Increase collaboration to address the social determinants of health

Heart Disease

  • Increase early identification and treatment of hypertension
  • Reduce obesity levels of elementary age children

Access to Care and Health Literacy

  • Increase Access to Care
  • Enhance understanding of health information

“These action plans are designed to engage everyone in the community, including businesses, churches, civic organizations, and individuals,” explains Nancy Forlifer, Director of Community Wellness at WMHS. “The strategies range from education about making healthier choices on a personal level to the implementation of public policy changes that promote better health.”

The Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) and Local Health Action Plan (LHAP) are available at www.alleganyhealthplanningcoalition.com.

Click HERE to download a PDF version of the 2017 CHNA. Click here for the 2014 or 2011 CHNA.

The Coalition meets bi-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.

Founding partners of the Allegany County Health Planning Coalition include the Allegany County Health Department, WMHS, Allegany County Board of Education, County United Way, Allegany County Human Resource Development Commission, Tri-State Community Health Center, Allegany Health Right, and the AHEC West.

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.