Improving the health of the people and communities we serve is our mission. Jacksonville Memorial is hitting the streets to fulfill that mission, one family at a time, through our Healthy Jacksonville initiative.
The Jacksonville Memorial Foundation provided a grant to fund the first year of Healthy Jacksonville. A portion of the grant supports the integration of two community health workers who will be tasked with building relationships with the residents in order to help them achieve better health.
Passavant is partnering with SIU and MacMurray College using the same model used to create the Access to Care Collaborative in Springfield. The model has reached more than 450 individuals and helped to create self-sufficiency, improve access to care and establish neighborhood connections with community providers.
The Healthy Jacksonville strategy is to spend time in the neighborhood, get to know the neighbors, have conversations about access to care and find out who needs help. We are also building alliances with partners who are serving this community and joining in activities that are being planned here.
Healthy Communities Collaborative
The Healthy Communities Collaborative, an extension of the Healthy Jacksonville program, connects social service providers who provide access areas where individuals struggle with self-sufficiency. The Collaborative is divided into four workgroups that address the highest needs identified by clients in the Healthy Jacksonville program:
- Mental Illness/Substance Use Disorder
Each group takes on projects to improve access in their respective areas. The Healthy Communities Collaborative will develop tools for case managers to use to assist their clients as they navigate access to key assistance programs.