The College of Health and Human Services at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (CHHS UNCW), in partnership with regional public health leadership and staff, has established the Southeastern North Carolina Regional Health Collaborative (SENCRHC) to improve individual and population/community health in southeastern North Carolina through regional programs and interventions. While the CHHS UNCW has agreed to serve as the initial organizing structure of the SENCRHC, the Center for Healthy Communities (CHC) has emerged to provide critical backbone functions that provide the guidance, coordination and communication required to maintain an effective collaborative. The Center’s goal is to actively coordinate and facilitate the work of the collaborative. Critical to the success of this collaborative is the ongoing coordination, communication and measurement of impact. The Center will provide these functions. Additionally, the CHC will provide the ongoing support for the following activities:
- organizing and facilitating Collaborative meetings,
- providing shared measurement systems models,
- developing and implementing data collection and storage systems to track the coordinated activities, collective impact and regional return on investment of the Collaborative,
- engaging undergraduate and graduate students within the CHHS UNCW in applied learning experiences within each county – CHHS UNCW has a history of placing students in learning “laboratories” in these counties and, with this effort those student placements will be more coordinated and consistently provided,
- providing program technical assistance and outcome and process evaluation services to counties,
- exploring research opportunities and sourcing associated personnel,
- producing reports supporting the Collaborative’s work,
- providing professional development and continuing education programming to the workforce within the Collaborative,
- providing the fiscal management of the Collaborative and related regional activities,
- facilitating the development, implementation and evaluation of an effective communication plan, and
- seeking additional funding opportunities to develop a shared funding pool to support creative local efforts and more fully develop and sustain the Collaborative through grant writing and advancement work.
The iMap aims to be a comprehensive, user-friendly resource to help community partnerships select and implement evidence-based interventions to improve priority population health conditions. Existing evidence-based resources fall short of meeting the needs of practitioners because they are focused on assessing the evidence base rather than providing resources for selecting and implementing interventions. The iMap addresses this gap.
The site is currently being pilot tested by SENCRHC along with 9 community partnerships across North Carolina with the intent to use the iMap to help achieve their Healthy NC 2020 objectives related to tobacco use and physical activity and nutrition. SENCRHC has decided to use the iMap to help select and implement an evidence-based program that focuses on physical activity and nutrition in our region.