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Last month we passed a significant milestone as public health agencies submitted their Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIPs) to the State using electronic Scorecards. Unlike a printed plan that gathers dust on a shelf, this format shares real-time information with stakeholders about how our health departments, hospitals, and other partners are working together to improve the health of our communities.
It has been a three-year journey to receive approval to submit electronic, interactive CHIPs using Scorecard. While our region is pilot testing the format this year, the State is currently making plans for the rest of NC to be able to submit CHIPs using Scorecards in the future.
We should all take pride in this demonstration that our region is continually innovating, striving for excellence, and is a leader in community health improvement for the rest of the state.
Each county’s CHIP will eventually be linked to on the “Local Priorities & Reports” section of our website.
Watch a 4-minute video created by WNC Health Network to help WNC Healthy Impact partners communicate with stakeholders about what their CHIP is, why they use an electronic Scorecard format, and how to navigate the Scorecard components:

The new Journal of Appalachian Health was created through a collaborative effort between several academic institutions and organizations located within the Appalachian region. The journal is an online, open access, peer-reviewed journal with a mission of creating a healthy and thriving Appalachia.

Marian Arledge, executive director of WNC Health Network, is pleased to represent the organization on the advisory board of the journal.

The mission of the journal is to publish research findings capable of transforming policy and practice in a rapid, yet rigorous, process. Committed to highlighting relevant, local innovations developed in the Appalachian region, the editors would like to bridge community narratives with academic research.

Editorial and advisory board members envision a journal that will be inclusive and promote equity by engaging regional stakeholders in the development of the publication. Many of the articles will include commentaries that will highlight the implications of the research. The journal welcomes readers who will use the published findings in both the health and non-healthcare fields in which they work to affect change in their communities.

“We are very excited to launch this new journal as a hub for community and academic research in Appalachia.  We anticipate that the journal will foster new research collaborations that will ultimately improve the health of the region,” said Dr. Erin Haynes, senior associate editor.

Authors interested in submitting articles for publication in the journal may follow the instructions located via the links provided on the website. Those interested in subscribing may follow instructions provided on the website to join the mailing list, connect with the journal via Twitter or contact the editors via email.