Transylvania Public Health is committed to protecting and improving the health of all people in Transylvania County. One way we do this is through identifying and working to address important health needs in the community.
Every three years, we conduct a Community Health Assessment to investigate and describe current health conditions in the county. We work with community members from health care, government, social service organizations, and the general public to identify the top three priority health issues in Transylvania County. (View or download the 2015 Transylvania County Community Health Assessment here.) We receive support and assistance in data collection, analysis, and followup from WNC Healthy Impact, which is a partnership between hospitals and health departments in western North Carolina to improve community health. We also collaborate with Transylvania Regional Hospital.
We then work to bring community members together to develop action plans that will address these top health priorities. Together, these action plans form a Community Health Improvement Plan (or CHIP), which is a strategic plan for the entire community designed to encourage cross-sector collaboration.
This "e-CHIP" scorecard is a low-cost, easy-to-use tool that helps us track and display data related to these health priorities and organize community improvement efforts to improve health in Transylvania County.