Friday, February 24, 2017

March Update

Dear Community Partners and Key Stakeholders,
In February we shared highlights from our first year in this Community Health Assessment/Community Health Improvement Cycle.  We also presented a an overview to the CHIP Advisory Council with actions and successes from this past year as well as "asks"....steps you can take .  As we move forward in this second year we will be more intentional in our asks and finding ways to engage you meaningful ways with our CHIP work and support your efforts. 

We are very excited to announce that the Asheville Buncombe Food Policy Council and Bountiful Cities was awarded funding to launch our Double Up Food Bucks (DUFB) pilot!  DUFB is a CHIP priority for the Food Security Working Group. The launch is planned for April.  As the details on exact dates as well as promotional materials and information on how SNAP recipients can take advantage of this program are available, we need you to get the word out to your clients and community members who participate in the SNAP program. This month's ask also encourages you to get involved in planning Open Streets Asheville 2017 as we work to promote health and build community through play, active transportation, art and fun. You'll find more on the Engage blog page.

One way we support your work is offering training opportunities.  CHIP staff hosted 40+ partners and community organizations this month for a Getting to Results Training.  A second opportunity has been scheduled for those who were not able to attend on March 29th.  Other exciting learning opportunities this month include Soma Stout at the WNC Rural Health Symposium. Our Food Security and Healthy Eating Advocates may wish to attend the Organic Grower's School as it returns to UNC Asheville March 10-12. Details on these can be found on the Learn Blog Page.  You also want to mark you calendars to attend an event next month hosted by the Family Justice Center and Buncombe County Partnership for Children with Mia Birdsong.  The event will be at the Diana Wortham the evening of April 25th

There are several opportunities to support our partners in CHIP this month.  Children First/Community in Schools still has a few team openings for "Are you Smarter Than an Elementary Student".  Lots of fun for a good cause...and costumes are encouraged.  Pisgah Legal has a campaign underway to match funds from an anonymous donor by April 20th to support their“Justice For All Project” to help eligible immigrants secure work authorization and legal status and other needs.  And Our Voice has an amazing paid fellowship position posted.  Learn more on our Support page.

We also want to remind you that you can quickly access the scorecard for your data needs through the link at the upper right toolbar on the Blog page.  If you are still uncomfortable navigating the CHIP scorecard, don't forget the short video tutorial that you see at the top of the scorecard. If you are looking for additional data, visit the priority-specific scorecards.  The HIS staff also monitor many additional indicators and are available for assistance if you need help finding the data you need.


Deanna, Lourdes and Terri
CHIP Health Improvement Specialists