HCP is a collaboration of organizations and members who share a commitment to a healthier Mahoning Valley. With support from the Community Foundation of Mahoning Valley, the partnership’s work has been guided by a steering committee made up of Mahoning Valley residents representing a variety of sectors including the city and county public health districts, council of governments and commissioners’ offices, community development corporations, neighborhood leaders, food cooperatives, and hospital systems.
Our five guiding principles:
Collective Action – Partners work together to develop and implement effective solutions, including leveraging existing efforts, to achieve long-term, sustainable change and reach our destination
Community Engagement – The Partnership is a community effort that reflects the diversity of the Valley and purposefully and respectfully engages residents.
Health and Equity in All Policies (HEiAP) – Partners believe that health and equity must be considered in all decision-making and must be integrated and articulated into policy making across all sectors
Influence and Inspire – Partners are committed to using their talents to influence and inspire and create a culture of health throughout the Mahoning Valley
Systems change – Partners seek to address the root causes of health and wellbeing inequities by intentionally altering the structures that cause/enable community systems to function inequitably
While numerous organizations and initiatives have been working to improve health outcomes, and we continue to have excellent medical care facilities, we are still not living long, healthy, and fulfilling lives. Community decisions have discounted health, sustaining and creating circumstances where many residents in the Mahoning Valley do not have access to healthy, affordable food or safe, suitable surroundings that allow for physical activity. This has resulted in poor nutrition and physical inactivity, both preventable conditions, becoming two of the most pressing issues impacting the health of Mahoning Valley residents and leading to high rates of obesity, diabetes, cancer, and other chronic diseases.
We will first focus on creating more equitable opportunities for residents to eat healthier and be more active, as well as encourage and support residents to make those choices. We have selected three evidence-based approaches that align with priorities identified by community residents.
Reality for Residents
Action Teams are connected to each approach and working towards developing meaningful, measurable goals, objectives, and outcomes.