Improving the health of the people and communities we serve is our mission. Passavant is hitting the streets to fulfill that mission, one family at a time, through our Healthy Jacksonville initiative.
The 2019 County Health Rankings and Roadmaps ranked Morgan County 67th 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 2018 Morgan County Community Needs Assessment (CHNA) identified access to care as one of the most significant healthcare concerns. Passavant’s Healthy Jacksonville project aims to reduce obstacles that keep individuals from improving their health.
The Passavant Foundation provided a $169,000 grant to fund the first year of Healthy Jacksonville. A portion of the grant supports the integration of two community health workers who will be tasked with building relationships with the residents in order to help them achieve better health.
Passavant is partnering with SIU and MacMurray College using the same model used to create the Access to Care Collaborative in Springfield. The model has reached more than 450 individuals and helped to create self-sufficiency, improve access to care and establish neighborhood connections with community providers.
The Healthy Jacksonville strategy is to spend time in the neighborhood, get to know the neighbors, have conversations about access to care and find out who needs help. We are also building alliances with partners who are serving this community and joining in activities that are being planned here.
In the first three months of the program, six provider alliance meetings were held, 135 resident touchpoints were made and community health workers accompanied residents to 17 medical appointments.
Healthy Jacksonville has also participated in four community events aimed at providing assistance to people in need:
- Formula Distribution at the Early Years in partnership with Prairieland United Way and the Morgan County Health Department
- Share the Love Community Giveaway
- Central Illinois Foodbank Food Truck at Lincoln School in partnership with the Jacksonville Rotary Club
- Easter egg hunt in Minnie Barr Park in partnership with the Jacksonville Police Department and Spirit of Faith Soup Kitchen