Passavant is partnering with SIU School of Medicine and MacMurray College to create Healthy Jacksonville, a collaborative effort to improve access to healthcare on the northeast side of Jacksonville.
The 2017 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps ranked Morgan County 77th out of the 102 counties in Illinois for overall health outcomes. This study revealed that social determinants of health – such as socioeconomic conditions, public safety and access to resources – often have a greater impact on an individual’s health than medical care. The 2015 Morgan County Community Needs Assessment (CHNA) identified access to care as the most significant area of healthcare concern. Preliminary results of the 2018 CHNA indicate this concern has persisted, along with depression/mental health, smoking/substance abuse and sexually transmitted diseases.
The Passavant Foundation has provided a $169,000 grant to fund the first year of Healthy Jacksonville. A portion of the grant will support the integration of two community health workers who will have offices in the target area and be tasked with building relationships with the residents in order to help them achieve better health.
Passavant will work closely with SIU and MacMurray using the same model used to create the Enos Park Access to Care Collaborative in Springfield in 2015–16. The model reached more than 450 individuals and helped to create self-sufficiency, improve access to care and establish neighborhood connections with community providers.
Students from the Social Work department at MacMurray will assist in gathering data as the project launches.
Check back soon to follow the progress of this initiative that supports our mission to improve the health of the people and communities we serve.