The four action teams have taken shape around: access to care, awareness of services, prevention and management of chronic care issues and systems collaborations and linkages. The work of the four action teams is supplemented and informed by a Data and Evaluation team which collaborates with the Epidemiology and Communicable Disease data experts at the Will County Health Department to identify disease trends affecting the health of county residents and ensure data-driven policy decisions. Once constituted, the action teams set to work to establish appropriate subcommittees to deal with specific issues and develop initiatives designed to improve the performance of the public health system and increase public awareness and engagement in their areas of responsibility.
Specific issues addressed by the action teams, subcommittees that have been formed and initiatives that have been undertaken to address these issues are as follows:
Access to Care - Addresses issues of access to primary and specialty healthcare, emergency room usage,oral health, behavioral health, treatment of substance use disorders and finding ways to combat the stigma that is still attached to seeking help with behavioral health issues.
- Primary Health
- Behavioral Health
Awareness of Services - Addresses communication gaps between organizations and residents and communication gaps between providers.
- Anti-Stigma Collaborative
- Anti-stigma Website: www.willfindhope.org
- Anti-stigma Symposium
- Community Point Online Service Directory (in Collaboration with Crisis Line of Will/Grundy County)
Chronic Care - Addresses the risk factors, prevention and management of certain chronic care conditions including asthma, diabetes, obesity and heart disease. The Chronic Care action team also works to promote a healthy workplace for all working residents of Will County
- WeWill Work Healthy – Worksite Wellness Recognition Program
Systems - Addresses linkages of services, particularly related to youth in Will County up to 18 years of age. This action team will look at continuity of services as young people move through their normal developmental stages. How the Will County public health system works together to collaborate and link individuals to needed services will also be addressed by this team.
Data Evaluation and Monitoring
- Youth Providers Summit (In Collaboration with Workforce Investment Board)
- Community Collaborations Technical Assistance
- Addresses the need to promote fact-based decision making in the public health arena by continuously monitoring all factors impacting community health in Will County. This action team is also responsible for evaluating the effectiveness of community health planning.
- Community Health Status Assessment
- Evaluation of the MAPP Collaborative: Structure and Impact