The Town of Lincoln initiated the 2009 Healthy Community Assessment and Planning Project (HCAPP) to evaluate the town’s existing health-related services and community health needs, including needs that may not be the purview of town government. HCAPP was funded by a grant from the Community Health Network Area 15 (CHNA), a coalition of public, non-profit, and private organizations established by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) to build healthier communities through community-based prevention planning and health promotion. Today there are twenty-seven CHNAs statewide and Lincoln is part of CHNA 15.
Lincoln’s HCAPP was led by a steering committee of residents and town employees who reviewed Lincoln’s health-related services and programs using nationally recognized Healthy Community Principles – principles that define “health” and “community” in the broadest terms. The steering committee used the principles as a guide to sketch out what community health means for Lincoln, identifying physical, mental, social, and spiritual health as four key components of individual and community well-being. The goal of the assessment was to include a cross-section of the community in determining what Lincoln does well and identifying needed improvements in health-related services that benefit both residents with particular needs and the town as a whole. The culmination of the needs assessment is an action plan with recommendations to improve five community health issues identified through the public process.
From the onset of the nine-month assessment and planning project, HCAPP promoted public participation and made a concerted effort to include stakeholders that were not tapped byLincoln’s recently completed Comprehensive Long Range Plan (CLRP) process. No preconceived health needs were named or championed. The committee’s goal was to hear what the community perceived to be its health assets and needs.Lincoln’s HCAPP was an evolutionary process of asking questions and listening, allowing for very open and authentic community engagement. Only when the needs and issues were voiced time and again from different groups and individuals did the committee name them as possible issues to be addressed. After taking additional public steps to vet these five newly identified issues, the committee allowed the consultant to focus on them during the data research phase in order to determine if statistical evidence exists to bear out the public’s experiences and perceptions.
The information contained on this site represents the five major areas of concern that arose from the assessment:
- Vulnerable seniors and residents
- Pressures on children and teens
- Tick-borne diseases
- Use/condition of roadside paths, safety of bicyclists and motorists
- Public education of available health-related resources
as well as the six ongoing initiatives developed to help address them:
- Vulnerable Seniors and Residents Task Force
- Pressure On Children and Teens Task Force
- Tick-borne Disease Task Force
- Roadway/Roadside Path Safety Task Force
- Lincoln Community Wellness Clinics
- Lincoln Community Resource Directory
These initiatives each have pages listed above to provide initiative specific information. Information about our sponsoring agency (CHNA15) as well as other useful information are linked along the right side of each page.
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