The ALMH Community Health Collaborative is guided with the assistance of an Advisory Board including no more than 13 representatives from across the community representing nonprofits, businesses, education, healthcare providers, government, philanthropists, faith-based organizations and public health. The ALMH Community Health Collaborative is funded by and operates under the approval of the ALMH Foundation. A member of the ALMH Foundation serves as the chairperson of the ALMH Community Health Collaborative Advisory Board. Administrative leadership is provided by the ALMH CHC Director.
The CHC network is an open group offering information sharing and networking. Anyone who is interested in creating the best quality of life possible for Logan County residents is welcome to be a part of the ALMH Community Health Collaborative.
We address the needs of our community through partnership recognizing that the most meaningful impact on health and well-being for all is through a shared vision and collective impact. The Collaborative recognizes that an unending list of needs exists. A community health needs assessment is conducted every three years to determine the local health priorities to determine focused efforts. The projects chosen will fall into one of four action areas: socioeconomic factors, physical environment, health behaviors and clinical care. We recognize that a project in one of these areas may produce positive outcomes in another.
The most current community health needs assessment and implementation strategy can be found: https://www.choosememorial.org/Community-Health-Needs-Assessment
Whether an individual project or a long-term issue, the Collaborative invites critical players to the table to efficiently use all local resources and take action on important issues affecting Logan County residents. The collaborative network meets approximately four times per year. Committees may be established to facilitate the objectives of the Collaborative and meet as needed.
CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health
CATCH (Coordinated Approach To Child Health)is an evidence-based coordinated school health program designed to promote physical activity and healthy food choices for school-aged children.
By teaching children that eating healthy and being physically active every day can be FUN, the CATCH Program has proven that establishing healthy habits in childhood can promote behavior changes that can last a lifetime.
We are proud to be working with the following CATCH schools by providing them equipment, curriculum and ongoing support:
Carroll Catholic Elementary School
Chester East-Lincoln Elementary School
Christian Child Care
Community Action Head Start
Emden Elementary School
Lincoln Junior High School
Mt. Pulaski Elementary School
Mt. Pulaski Zion School
West Lincoln - Broadwell
Zion Lutheran Lincoln
Abraham Lincoln Legacy Trail
The Collaborative recognizes that safe and active transportation and activity opportunities are critical to a healthy community. We continue to work toward creating trails for non-motorized trails in Logan County. The ALMH Wellness Trail located on the campus of Abraham Lincoln Memorial Hospital is a gift to the community from the ALMH Foundation and serves as an example and future destination for a county-wide trail system.
The Abraham Lincoln Legacy Trail has worked with local government to help establish written trail plans, install bike trail signage and will continue to assist in obtaining grant dollars to make trail plans a reality.
Opioid Task Force
To deal with the opioid crisis, a county-wide task force was established in February 2016 resulting in a community action plan. The plan was developed around a four pillar approach including prevention, harm reduction, enforcement and treatment.
Acknowledging the clear evidence that breastfeeding is best for all babies, a committee of the Collaborative promotes breastfeeding as the norm for all babies in Logan County. The benefits of breastfeeding extend beyond nutrition. Breastfeeding protects babies from illness, promotes family bonds, lowers health risks for mothers and provides economic and societal benefits through lowering healthcare costs.
Lincoln 27 & Beyond
Lincoln Elementary School District 27 serves over 360,000 meals annually to over 1200 students. Like most industrial kitchens across America, they were serving primarily frozen, processed food. As we continue to support our partnering CATCH schools to create healthy school environments, we have partnered with LESD27 to provide a healthy school environment in Logan County. With grant funding from the ALMH Foundation, LESD27 is working with Beyond Green: Sustainable Food Partners to move all district cafeterias to from-scratch cooking using fresh and local foods by the end of the 2019-2020 school year. It is a cost neutral program, meaning that it doesn’t cost the school more to operate the program because the time and money is found within the existing system. Everyone is engaged in the evolution of the kitchen as it becomes a nutrition program that provides nutrient-dense and delicious meals that set up their palates for a lifetime of craving healthy foods.
Substance Abuse Prevention
The ALMH Community Health Collaborative partners with a variety of stakeholders to prevent substance abuse in Logan County and eastern Mason County. Using data from the Illinois Youth Survey, we are driven by data to current local issues in the places where the most impact will be made to prevent substance abuse. A Victim Impact Panel is held quarterly that provides insight into the potential impact that driving under the influence can have on families. Additionally, in an effort to prevent driving under the influence free rides home from local drinking establishments in Lincoln are provided by the local taxi company (funded by the ALMH Community Health Collaborative/Foundation). A variety of other efforts take place to address substance abuse and addiction in Logan County including community events, presentations and outreach efforts.
Support the ALMH Community Health Collaborative by donating to the ALMH Foundation.