Collective Impact Forum Aims to Align, Improve Health Outcomes

Collective Impact Forum Aims to Align, Improve Health Outcomes

Forum Will Address Social Determinants of Health Using a Collective Impact Approach

Montgomery County in partnership with Public Health - Dayton & Montgomery County, Montgomery County Alcohol, Drug Addiction, and Mental Health Services (ADAMHS), and the United Way is hosting Aligning for Impact, a forum to learn about the importance of equity and how to address the social determinants of health by using a collective impact approach. This free event is Thursday, January 30 from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm at the Sinclair Conference Center, 444 W. Third St., Suite 12, Dayton, OH 45402-1460.

The social determinants of health are the conditions in the places where people live, learn, work, and play that affect a wide range of health risks and outcomes. Factors such as housing, low income, limited access to healthy food, and unsafe neighborhoods are just a few examples of barriers that can negatively impact community health.

“Montgomery County has a track record of bringing people and organizations together to solve complex problems, and this forum is another example of that collaborative spirit,” said County Commission President Judy Dodge. “Our Human Services Planning and Development team has done an excellent job with creating this forum with our partner organizations, so that we can better align services to meet the needs of our citizens.”

The event is designed for professionals working to improve service delivery programs and advance health equity in Montgomery County. Presenters will address topics such as the Collective Impact Model, Equity and Social Determinants of Health, Community-based and System-led Initiatives, Miami Valley Equity Profile and Initiatives, and the Montgomery County Community Health Assessment.

“For too long, public service agencies have worked independently to address complex social problems. Using a collective impact approach allows partners to work together to utilize resources and operate service delivery programs more effectively. The goal is a more equitable community with social, economic and physical environments that promote good health for all,” said Montgomery County Health Commissioner, Jeff Cooper.