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ALMH Community Health Collaborative

The ALMH Community Health Collaborative connects healthcare providers, organizations, businesses, private individuals and churches to improve the health of the people and communities it serves. 

Our Vision

The vision of the Collaborative is to create the healthiest community in the nation.

Inspired by the Centers of Disease Control “4 Considerations to Improve Health and Well-Being for All” the ALMH Community Health Collaborative has four objectives:

  1. Expand and enhance access to clinical care
  2. Promote and encourage healthy behaviors
  3. Improve the physical environment
  4. Address the social determinants of health.

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The Collaborative Advisory Board

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 Collaborative Network

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.

The Work of the 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.

Current Projects of the Collaborative

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:

Adams Elementary
Central Elementary
Chester East-Lincoln Elementary School
Christian Child Care
Community Action Head Start
Emden Elementary School
Illini Central
Lincoln Junior High Schoo
Mt. Pulaski Elementary School
Mt. Pulaski Zion School
Northwest Elementary
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.

Breastfeeding Promotion

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.

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Support the Collaborative

Support the ALMH Community Health Collaborative by donating to the ALMH Foundation.