Building Capacity for Developing, Implementing, and Evaluating the Family Health and Wellness Coalition’s Community Health Improvement Plan

Research & Engagement, 2017



Social, environmental and behavioral determinants of health account for 60 percent of a person’s health status. Consequently, community development can influence health and a healthy community has a significant economic impact. High rates of chronic, but mostly preventable, diseases are one of the biggest drivers of health care costs and are limiting worker productivity. The Family Health and Wellness Coalition was formed in 2015 with the focus of reducing chronic disease risk among residents of Boone, Colfax, Nance, and Platte counties. This emerging coalition is motivated yet hampered by challenges to participation, resources and other core capabilities such as planning, implementing and evaluating their work. Through this project the coalition will increase its capacity to a) assess, prioritize and plan; b) take targeted action; c) change community conditions and systems through the implementation of evidence-based interventions; and d) achieve widespread change in behavior and risk and protective factors. By the end of the project, partners will have produced a systematic community change process that can be replicated in other rural areas.



The research team holds weekly video conference meetings with representatives of their partnering organizations (Columbus Community Hospital, East Central District Health Department, and the Center for Community Health and Development at Kansas University), focusing on the planning of future leadership academy workshops.

Coalition meetings and leadership academy workshops take place each month, the first of which was held in January of 2018. Meeting topics have included identifying and discussing potential targets and agents of change, social determinants of health, forming action teams, and strategic planning. In March, Roberta Miksch was hired as the new part-time coordinator of the Coalition, and in June, the Coalition website became available to all its members. A webpage for the public is currently being developed.


Project Team



Contact: Todd Bartee,