Commissioners endorse CHIP


By Sarah Hawley - shawley@aimmediamidwest.com



The Meigs County Commissioners (front, from left) Mike Bartrum, Randy Smith and Tim Ihle, are pictured with representatives from Get Healthy Meigs! (back, from left) Michelle Willard, Ian Blache and Courtney Midkiff.


POMEROY — The Meigs County Commissioners formally endorsed Meigs County’s Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) during Thursday’s regular meeting.

Meigs County Health Department administrator Courtney Midkiff and administrative assistant Michelle Willard, along with the CHIP author Ian Blache, were present at the meeting to discuss the CHIP which was 17 months in the making.

Midkiff told the commissioners that the plan is one of the steps toward a July 1, 2020, accreditation deadline for the health department, but the plan is not just for the health department. The plan is to serve the entire county with a goal of trying to create a culture of health.

The plan focuses on five areas — substance abuse, maternal and child health, workforce development, chronic illness and healthy behaviors.

The plan was developed through the work of the Get Healthy Meigs! (GHM) committee. The committee is “comprised of community members dedicated to addressing the significant health challenges faced by Meigs County, while promoting health, wellness, safety and well-being.”

The mission of GHM! is to improve the overall well-being of Miegs County.

According to the resolution approved by the commissioners, one of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 10 essential public health services is to monitor health status to identify and solve community health problems.

The health department, along with many other partners took part in the 17-month community-driven health improvement process which let to the development of the CHIP.

The health department and its partners also engaged in a Community Health Assessment (CHA) which found that Meigs County faces significant health disparities and inequalities. An improvement process led to the development of CHIP, a five-year action oriented plan to improve the health of the county.

Those involved with the Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Project (CHIP) Planning Group: Get Healthy Meigs!, to date, include:

  • Courtney Midkiff, Meigs County Health Department
  • Juli Simpson, Meigs County Health Department
  • Laura Cleland, Meigs County Health Department
  • Leanne Cunningham, Meigs County Health Department
  • Michelle Willard, Meigs County Health Department
  • Sarah Fick, Appalachian Peace and Justice Network
  • Rick Edwards, Athens-Meigs Educational Service Center
  • Whitney Thoenem Meigs County Chamber of Commerce
  • Tom Reed, Gallia-Meigs Community Action Agency
  • Robin Harris, Gallia-Jackson-Meigs (G-J-M) Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health
  • Brittany Maxson, Health Recovery Services
  • Eli DeLille, Health Services Advisory Group
  • David Stout, Holzer Health System
  • Justin Conley, Hopewell Health Centers
  • Sherry Shamblin, Hopewell Health Centers
  • Lenora Leifheit, Meigs Cooperative Parish Mulberry Center
  • Kay Davis, Meigs County Board of Developmental Disabilities
  • Norma Torres, Meigs County Cancer Initiative
  • Randy Smith, Meigs County Commissioner
  • Robbie Jacks, Meigs County EMS
  • Chris Shank, Meigs County Job and Family Services
  • Elizabeth King, Meigs County Job and Family Services
  • Gay Perrin, Meigs County Retired Teachers
  • Keith Wood, Meigs County Sheriff
  • Steve Jenkins, Meigs County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Brooke Pauley, Meigs Family and Children First Council
  • Scott Powell, Meigs Juvenile/Probate Court
  • Debbie Gerlach, Middleport Community Action
  • Sarah Roush, Pleasant Valley Hospital
  • Tom Sutton, Rio Grande Community College
  • Senator Lou Gentile, State Senate
  • Rep. Debbie Phillips, State House
  • Bruce Hart, StrategyEx
  • Dennis Johnson, TASC of Southeast Ohio
  • Kelly Velazquez, UHCCP
  • Billie Wells, Union Local 650 Pomeroy
  • Ian Blache, University of Rio Grande/RGCC
  • Mike Gerlach, Village of Middleport/Healthy Communities
  • Lori Siegert, Woodland Centers
  • Michelle Stumbo, OSU Extension
  • Paul Mueller, OSU Extension
  • Katy Sulfridge, Children’s Hunger Alliance
  • Angela Stowers, G-J-M Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health
  • Jenny Ridenour, Meigs Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Jan Harper Jackson, Buckeye Community Health
  • Nancy Beuher, GMCAA Help Me Grow
  • Carrie Johnson, OU Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM)
  • Crystal Haning, OU Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine (OUHCOM)
  • Mindy Cayton, Buckeye Hills Regional Council on Aging and Disability
  • Gwen Craft, Holzer Health System

Project Partners and Stakeholder Organizations have included:

  • Meigs County Health Department
  • University of Rio Grande and Rio Grande Community College
  • Holzer Health System
  • Pleasant Valley Hospital
  • Middleport Community Association
  • Athens-Meigs Educational Service Center
  • Gallia-Jackson-Meigs Board of Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services
  • Gallia-Meigs Community Action Agency
  • OU Voinovich School of Leadership and Public Affairs
  • Hopewell Health Centers
  • Meigs Cooperative Parish Faith Community Nursing
  • Meigs County Family and Children First Council
  • Meigs County Department of Job and Family Services/Ohio Means Jobs
  • Meigs County Soil and Water Conservation District
  • Meigs County Commissioners
  • Meigs County Chamber of Commerce
  • The Daily Sentinel
  • Woodland Centers
  • Appalachian Peace and Justice Network
  • Health Services Advisory Group.

A closer look at the plan will appear in a series of upcoming articles in The Daily Sentinel.

The Meigs County Commissioners (front, from left) Mike Bartrum, Randy Smith and Tim Ihle, are pictured with representatives from Get Healthy Meigs! (back, from left) Michelle Willard, Ian Blache and Courtney Midkiff.
http://mydailysentinel.aimmedianetwork.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/14/2017/07/web1_7.21-chip.jpgThe Meigs County Commissioners (front, from left) Mike Bartrum, Randy Smith and Tim Ihle, are pictured with representatives from Get Healthy Meigs! (back, from left) Michelle Willard, Ian Blache and Courtney Midkiff.

By Sarah Hawley

shawley@aimmediamidwest.com