Thursday, June 21, 2012

UG Public Health Department receives $100K grant

The Unified Government's Public Health Department has been awarded a $100,000 grant.

Dollars from the grant will used to develop a "national learning laboratory" aimed at reversing negative health trends across the county.

Wyandotte County has ranked near the very bottom of health rankings among all the counties in the State of Kansas.

More from a press release:
The project, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), provides an urban counterpart to the country’s other learning lab, a six-county rural initiative in central Michigan. Both communities will attempt to determine the best strategies for using the County Health Rankings to reverse poor health trends.
According to the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI), a partner to RWJF, the learning lab is meant to be a “bi-directional learning opportunity” between HCW and the County Health Rankings and Roadmaps project that will test and refine the materials in the latter’s Action Center.

Caitlin McMurtry, a former analyst at the Kansas Health Institute, has been named as the learning lab’s full-time program coordinator and plans to implement as many of the community recommendations as possible.

During this work, Wyandotte County will shares its experiences – especially its successes and its lessons learned – with the rest of the country in the hope that such that information can help other communities take meaningful action toward better health.