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CHAB Accomplishments

Eighteen years of CHAB Accomplishments:

1993

March

21-Member Board appointed and met for training (initial CHAB appointees)

May

Supported reorganization of the Health Department's Human Services Section

August

Supported building the North Island Family Resource Center... origin of the present Oak Harbor Rural Health Clinic

September

Published a listing of Parenting Classes offered in Island County

December

Detailed for the Highway Department a listing of preventable injuries (MVA, 
   pedestrian, bicycle &  motorcycle) from 1988 thru 1993 occurring in Island County

 

Formed a subcommittee to address issues of pedestrian walkways

 

Became a seed group for a Coalition for Tobacco Cessation

 

Supported the development of the South Island Family Resource Center

1994

January

Wrote letters to support prioritization of road improvements at sites of frequent auto crashes

 

Supported a Volunteer Coordinator position for the Health Department

March

Supported changing the route of Free Island Transport to deliver clients to the North Whidbey Resource Center

June

Four areas were identified for assessment and policy development: 
Tobacco Cessation; Access to Health Care; Injury & Violence; Health Dept Capacity

August

Supported the Health Department Budget Proposal

September

Supported the change of location of Health & Human Services Resource Center

 

CHAB members recommended to the Community Public Health and Safety Network

 

Wrote letters to support the defeat of Referendum 43

November

Supported the development of Camano Island Family Resource Center

1995

January

Initiated policy decisions to modify intersections, roads and access ramps for the disabled

 

Advised the Board of Health about issues to suggest to the State Board of Health for its Annual Report

 

Participated in the production and distribution of a directory of Non-smoking restaurants in Island County

March

Supported the addition of Dental Services to the Family Resource Centers

May

Requested support for the Public Health Improvement Plan

September

Requested of the Commissioners that a representative of local hospital administration be added to CHAB

 

Initiated quarterly CHAB Newsletter 

 

Participated in the Public Health & Safety Network "Prioritizing of Health Issues" exercise

1996

March

Sent a formal invitation to Board of Health members to attend CHAB meetings 

June

Adopted the "Community Health Process" as an operating model

August

Assisted in the identification of Health Status Indicators for the community health assessment

September

Created new committees: Leadership; Legislative; Community Connections; & Health Priorities.Adopted guidelines for working in committees 

October

Developed a Vision For a Healthy Island County 2020
Supported the Health Department's Budget presentation to the BICC.

November

Camano Health Advisory Team established

1997

February

CHAB began to make monthly reports to the Board of Health

April

"Special Report: Island County – What Makes This a Healthy Place to Live" was published, identifying 6 priority health issues: Tobacco Use, Alcohol Abuse, Domestic Violence, Injury, Drinking Water, & Support for Youth.

June

First Joint Health Policy meeting sponsored by CHAB. (Board of Health, Board of Hospital Commissioners, Medical Staff, Whidbey Naval Hospital, Whidbey General Hospital and Health Department administrative staff.)

August

CHAB home-page web site is online

September

CHAB members completed 37 community presentations and collected over 500 surveys of priority health concerns from the community.

October

CHAB members prioritized health issues based on the community health assessment, the issue experts' presentations and the community survey. Community Support for Youth was the top priority identified, followed by alcohol abuse and domestic violence.

December

Second Joint Health Policy Meeting sponsored by CHAB

1998

January

Formed a coalition to support youth with the Community Network and the Mental Health & Substance Abuse Advisory Boards

March

60 youths attended a meeting to assist in identification of community assets

 

CHAB advocates for youth members to be included on CHAB. Bylaws are changed to address the inclusion of eight student members — two from each school district in Island County

May

Youth summit is held and 60 people come together to discuss "Supporting Our Youth". Out of the youth summit, ten imperative groups are formed to implement local projects that support youth in North, Central, South Whidbey, and Camano Island. Community groups work on the imperatives throughout  the year, developing plans/activities and logic models for evaluation.

 

Participated in the Camano Health Care Center groundbreaking (the imperative group put together a resource directory and arranged for a Vista volunteer receptionist for the center).

October

Held the first CHAB/CHAT Joint Retreat at the Farmhouse Inn where the group decided to study the expansion of the Board of Health and study replication of CHAT in other areas of the county. Dr.  Herb McDonald wrote and delivered " Citizen Participation in Public Health", a challenge to community members to participate in community activities.

1999

July

CHAB successfully advocates for expansion of the Island County Board of Health. New members  include one elected official from Whidbey General Hospital (a Board Commissioner), an elected Mayor of one of the cities, and the Commanding Officer of the Naval Hospital (ex-officio).

November

A Technical Planning & Evaluation Document (Supporting Youth in Island County – 1999) is produced that includes logic models for evaluation of the imperatives initiated from the Youth Summit of 1998.

December

CHAB instigates a health leadership program the "Community Health Hero of Island County" with the first recognition to be awarded in December of 2000.

2000

May

Three CHAB members and all three Island County Commissioners attend the Local Boards of Health Workshop.

 

Secured funding of $26,250 from a number of community partners to conduct an Island County 2000 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS).

June
  -thru-
December

CHAB Outcomes and Evaluation Task Force conducts two self-evaluations of the imperatives and publishes reports of findings (Youth & Family Summit Semi-Annual Report. . . with handouts at the December 2000 meeting.

August

Island County BRFSS is begun, with continuation in November & December, and again in February 2001.

October

CHAB is awarded a Washington State Association of Public Health Officials (WSALPHO) Award of Excellence in Public Health. Three CHAB members attend the Washington State Joint Conference on Public Health to accept the award and make a presentation on "Implementing and Maintaining Effective Community Health Boards".

December

Held a Joint Board of Health/ CHAB dinner meeting at Whidbey General Hospital with a recap of CHAactivities for the year, which included At this joint meeting, CHAB also presented their first Annual Health Hero of Island County Award to the founders of the Child Abuse Foundation, Neal & Linda Hooberman.

2001

All Year     Long

Developed thorough presentations of each of thirteen health modules that incorporated BRFSS data, and state data from a variety of sources, and prioritized 46 health issues which were distilled into four health issue areas to be addressed by CHAHealth Action Teams.

December

Held the Joint Board of Health/ CHAannual dinner meeting where the activities of CHAwere reviewed for the Board of Health. Also presented the now-named Linda Lee Martens Community Health Hero of Island County Award to nine awardees.

2002


January -

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November 

 

Formed a Steering Committee to work with ICPH staff in writing an Environmental Health grant request to CDC. The request was successful in obtaining a three-year funding of $170,000 per year to  develop and demonstrate successfully engaging a community in environmental assessment and development of action plans and policy development around those issues.Formed a 26 member Environmental Health Assessment Team composed of diverse community members to address the terms of the Environmental Health CDC grant. This team has met monthly since it was finally selected and appointed in September 2002.

The four Health Action Teams researched their health topics, developed position papers, presented their findings to CHAand prepared issue reports which will be published and made available to the residents of Island County

December

Collected nominations for the Linda Lee Martens Memorial Health Hero of Island County Award

2003

May -

Held a Joint Board of Health/ CHAB dinner meeting with 
presentation of the past 18 months activities and summary 
reports from the Health Actions Teams. Linda Lee Martins 
Memorial Health Hero of Island County Awards were presented 
to eleven recipients and agencies.

November -

Completed work on compiling three reports to the community on 
topics identified as issues of interest by the community. These
Reports are available at the Health Department facilities throughout 
Island County and online at these links: 
  
Child Support & Parent Education,   Chronic Illness, Prevention
and Physical Activity
,    Mental Health

December -

Collected nominations for the Linda Lee Martens Memorial Health
Hero of Island County Award

2004

January

Completed compiling the The Health of Island County, 2003,  the
culmination of a  3-year gathering of factual data gleaned from 
surveys, census information, and statistical reports on Island 
County. Portions of this report will be updated each year so that all
information will be current... useful for grant writers and folks 
interested in current factual information about island county and its
residents. This report was presented to various community support
activities, and is available on disc, at Island County libraries and 
Island County Public Health. An executive summary of the report is
available online 
here, and a brief power point presentation of the 
report 
here.

May -

Held a Joint Board of Health/ CHAB dinner meeting with presentation
of the past 18 months activities and summary reports from the Health
Actions Teams. Linda Lee Martins Memorial Health Hero of  Island 
County Awards 

Autumn

Collected and collated information to compile the "Health of Island 
County, 2004"

 2005

Jan / Feb -


             
 

May - 

Collected nominations for the Linda Lee Martens Health Hero of 
Island County Award
Held a Joint Board of Health/ CHAB dinner meeting with presentation
of the past 18 months activities and summary reports from the 
Health Actions 
Teams. 
Linda Lee Martins Memorial Health Hero of Island County Awards

Year-long
   project

Put together the "The Health of Island County, 2004"(a ppt 
presentation) 
(executive summary) (full report) and the
Key Indicators Update 2005  (pdf file)

2006

Jan/Feb -


May

Collected nominations for the Linda Lee Martens Health Hero of 
Island County Award
Held a Joint Board of Health/ CHAB dinner meeting with presentation 
of the past 18 months activities and summary reports from the Health 
Action Teams. Linda Lee Martins Memorial Health Hero of Island County
Awards 

Summer 
and Autumn project

Initiated the Children's Commission study group and Task Force to explore
the community's unmet demands for children with special care needs, 
gaps in children's care programs, and means to address those needs. Also
collected funding to sponsor the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey
for the 2007 program. Survey was conducted in the late autumn of 2006.


2007

 

Spring
Project

May 
November 

 

December 

 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance Survey (BRFSS) 2007
Also brought the Mental Health Initiative to the Board of Health for 
approval, providing funding for several mental health program needs
for Island County residents.

Held a Joint Board of Health/ CHAB dinner meeting with presentation
of the past 18 months activities and summary reports from the Health
Actions Teams
 Linda Lee Martins Memorial Health Hero of Island County Awards.
Mental Health Initiative passed by voters of Island County to support
several programs for those sorely in need of support for mental health
issues.
Children's Commission inaugurated and members appointed by the
Board of Health. This is a stand-alone  Board that will address issues
for all children birth to 18 in Island County... another CHAB success
story!   (This activity had to go  into recess in 2010 due to lack of funding
support, and remains in recess at present)

 2008

 

2008 - 2012 Accomplishments not yet entered...​​

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