A Community without Barriers
Leading our community in a collaborative effort to improve identified health, wellness and social issues
The Coalition for Healthy Communities collectively addresses key issues within the Zion-Benton Community
- Strong networking and relationships
- Good dynamics/mix of personalities on the Coalition
- Our willingness and ability to evolve
- No personal agendas or egos
- CHC longevity
- Technology use to address communication issues
- Branding of CHC
- Communication between groups
- Financial precariousness
- Scope is too wide
- Enhance our branding in the community
- Reach more people with our efforts (activities and programs)
- Increase collaboration (break down silos)
- Room for more people at the table
- No lack of social concerns
- Lack of representation across all segments of our population
- Lack of effective communication channels with the public
- Lack of awareness/recognition of our existence by the public
- Percentage of public who “don’t care” about the community
- Competition for the public’s attention and time
- Ensure sustainability of the Coalition
- Maintain a Coalition that is more representative of our community
- Focus on measurable key initiatives
- Offer quality, value-added programs or activities to benefit the community.
- Refine board member roles and expectations
- Review and refine board structure
- Refine membership structure
- Refine CHC meetings structures
- Review and update bylaws
- Explore funding opportunities to provide long term sustainability
- Develop tools and provide systems to standardize documentation and create electronic files
- The marketing team will effectively communicate the Coalition efforts both internally and externally.
Community of Character
- Recognize year 1 achievements with Organizations of Character breakfast January 21
- Host a community conversation about each of the six words through the course of the year.
- Create an entrepreneurial networking and development program for community members and current business owners.
- Support Character recognition program.
- Develop an Ambassador program to address needs of minority population.
- Nursery Rhyme Initiative- Zion District #6
- Summer Reading- all districts- aligning with the Coalition’s character words i.e. respect etc.
- Community Reads Initiative- I Am Malala- Zion-Benton Public Library
Substance Abuse Prevention
- All high school students and all 6th and 7th grade students will be provided the opportunity to participate in the IYS during Spring 2016.
- Use technology to educate the wider community about teen alcohol use, social hosting laws/consequences which will lead to a 5% decrease in use by IYS 2018.
- Continue education and promotion of non-use among students at both high schools and middle schools using student norm marketing which will lead to a 5% decrease in overall use by IYS 2018.
- By IYS 2018, create 2 social norm campaigns targeting the larger community about teen use and non-use of alcohol based on data from IYS 2016.
- Begin a ZB Committed Program for Healthy Youth Students and athletes focusing on stress reduction and healthy eating by 2016.
- Support Teen Court
- Increase the availability of fresh, wholesome food for community residents.
- Commit to holding two Health is Wealth events each year (schools and community)
- Continue to support Mama’s Run
- Sustain or improve on a monthly goal of >150 people served at Top Box Express
- Continue to hold monthly Caregiver Support meetings, including quarterly educational sessions.
- Grow the Wellness Task Force membership by at least 2 new members.
- Promote wellness activities through monthly articles in ZB Guide and other publications.
- Alumni connection
- Junior ZBLA (leadership/service for youth/kids) – planning 2016, implementation 2017
Goals (ideas) for 2018 and beyond:
The Coalition for Healthy Communities believes the following statements best describe what a healthy community looks like. These beliefs, in conjunction with the Coalition’s mission: “Leading our community in a collaborative effort to improve identified health, wellness and social issues” will help serve as guidance to focus our efforts. The Coalition recognizes it has a role, along with our community partners, IN HELPING OUR RESIDENTS TO BE ABLE TO SAY, WITH CONFIDENCE:
- We believe that everyone in our community has what it takes to be a leader and to improve our community.
- We believe that when our community agencies collaborate and share resources, each agency will achieve their goals.
- We believe that everyone deserves to be safe where they live, work and play.
- We believe that everyone in our community has something important to say, and they deserve to be listened to with respect.
- We believe that our community works best when everyone is empowered and an active participant.
- We believe that all community members should have equal access to affordable education and value the importance of a quality education, literacy, and a commitment to lifelong learning.
- We believe that the diversity in our community is part of what makes it special.
- We believe that all community members deserve an equal opportunity to find well paid, meaningful work to support themselves and their family.
- We believe that all community members should have access to affordable quality healthcare.
- We believe that all community members should have access to appropriate and affordable housing opportunities.
- We believe that equal opportunities for recreation, fitness, wellness and leisure should be available and affordable for everyone in our community.
We believe that we live in a community that believes BIG, where every member of our community should have equal opportunities, resources and support to achieve their full potential.