In The Community
Indiana University Health West Hospital is privileged to provide the highest level of care and service to the residents of Hendricks County and beyond. Our team is proud that our commitment to service extends beyond the hospital walls. Informed by the Community Health Needs Assessment survey and focus group conversations, IU Health West invests significant dollars and hundreds of hours of team member volunteer time to address the community’s health and wellness priorities.
2015 Community Health Needs Assessment
The 2015 Community Health Needs Assessment (CHNA) is now open to the public to share their thoughts about health priorities, barriers to wellness and other issues that impact health and quality of life in our community. The survey takes just a few minutes to complete online. The goal is to have 2400 Hendricks County residents complete the survey by the end of May 2015. Based on the results of the survey, focus groups and town halls, IU Health West will revisit its community outreach priorities and make adjustments as directed by our customers---you!
2015 Implementation Strategies
2015 is the final year of the last three-year CHNA survey cycle, meaning the priorities identified in the last survey continue to drive our community outreach work. Click here to see how IU Health West plans to meet community need in the identified priorities of: access to healthcare, chronic disease management, obesity prevention, tobacco cessation, behavioral health and preK-12 education.
Outreach Highlights & Success Stories
In addressing the identified community priorities, IU Health West has partnered with a number of high quality, highly engaged community organizations and initiatives to help make health and wellness improvement a reality. The power of collaboration cannot be overstated: partnership on coordinated efforts to meet the community’s health needs is a win-win for everyone.
- Access to Healthcare – IU Health West partners with Kingsway Community Care Center (KCCC) in Avon to help meet the needs of Hendricks County residents who continue to be un- or under-insured. KCCC serves more than 800 people each year with primary medical and dental care, chronic disease management and medication management. Multiple IU Health West physicians volunteer at the clinic, where medical and dental care is supported entirely by volunteer healthcare providers.
- Obesity Prevention – IU Health West and the Town of Brownsburg partner to present the town’s farmer’s market May-September on the Town Hall Green. In addition to creating a venue for residents to access locally grown fresh produce, the hospital and the town are committed to supporting at risk individuals and families, by accepting WIC and SNAP payments for produce, and by providing a collection location for produce donations to Brownsburg food pantries. The market helps marry the message of healthy eating and physical activity, with frequent visits from the Brownsburg Parks Department for games, sports and other special events. The Brownsburg Farmers Market has been voted “Best of Hendricks County” by readers of the local paper for the past two years.
- PreK-12 Education – As part of the IU Health-United Way “Kindergarten Countdown” partnership, IU Health West and the Avon School Corporation host a free, four week kindergarten preparatory program (we call it “camp”!) every June. The children invited to participate have been identified through the district’s kindergarten assessment as needing a boost in order to be ready to succeed in the classroom. The program comes at no cost to the school district or to parents. Kindergarten teacher staff the classroom, with the help of 40+ hospital volunteers over the course of the four weeks, all of whom help children learn classroom basics, such as raising hands and walking in lines, and help set the stage for reading, writing and math success in the years ahead. Twenty-five children participated in the 2014 camp.