Healthy Neighborhoods Meeting Updates

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What is the Healthy Neighborhoods approach and why is it aligned with healthcare transformation? 

Despite steadfast efforts from Delaware’s community-based agencies, public health programs, advocacy groups and healthcare systems, we are currently ranked as the 31st healthiest state in the nation. To help move us boldly to the top 5, the Delaware Center for Health Innovation (DCHI) has been guiding a pioneering effort by stakeholders across the state to transform healthcare and how we approach health.

Change is underway now to help doctors and the future healthcare workforce focus on care for their entire panel of patients, not just those who come to them for a particular need. This practice transformation involves team-based coordinated care, expanded access, outreach to patients about prevention, coordinating behavioral health care for patients in need, and advancing payment model reform so that providers get reimbursed for keeping patients well rather than for treating illness or injury alone.

Healthcare transformation is also encouraging hospitals and healthcare systems to rethink their role in community health and move “upstream” by addressing social determinants of health, including nonmedical factors that ultimately affect health, such as housing and food security. The Healthy Neighborhoods approach recognizes that health begins long before a doctor’s office visit- starting in places where we live, work, learn, play, and pray – and therefore so must our approach to health.

DCHI’s Healthy Neighborhoods initiative aims to bridge the gap between Delaware healthcare systems and community efforts to improve conditions, health and well-being. We believe that aligning these efforts and integrating them in a more structured and strategic way will strengthen the collective impact we can all have on our communities. Toward this end, DCHI convenes healthcare leaders, community members, state and local systems (i.e. public health, transportation, housing, social services), community-based organizations, faith communities, coalitions, and advocacy groups in order to learn new ways to work with each other, better understand how activities in each of our sectors impact health, build/strengthen relationships, embrace a common agenda and start to work collectively to help make our state one of the healthiest in the nation. Since each community has a unique landscape of health and the factors that impact it, DCHI is convening Healthy Neighborhood councils and task forces across the state to ensure that each community is at the heart of the effort and that all solutions are locally-tailored to those who are most impacted and include the healthcare systems that serve them.

Key Considerations for your Organization:

  • What is your organization’s strategy to engage with Healthy Neighborhoods?
  • Visit and learn how healthcare is changing in DE. Go to the Healthy Neighborhood section and sign up for special alerts and monthly updates.
  • Follow DCHI on Facebook (DEHealthInnovation)and Twitter (DCHI_SIM)


Get involved in a Healthy Neighborhood near you!

There are currently 3 Healthy Neighborhood Councils – one in each county- who each have multiple Task Forces working on key health initiatives. Contact the Healthy Neighborhood Coordinator in your area to get connected and learn more – All are welcome!



  • Behavioral Health Task Force- Meets on the 2nd Monday of each month; 10:30 am - 12:00 pm at the Community Services Building
  • Chronic Disease & Healthy Lifestyles Task Force- Meets on the 4th Friday of each month; 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM -Wiliam “Hicks” Anderson Community Center
  • Maternal and Child Health Task Force- Meets on the 4th Monday of each month; 10:00 AM -11:30 AM- Wilmington Hospital Annex



  • Behavioral Health Task Force – Launching early September 2017
  • Healthy Living Task Force – Launching early September 2017
  • Contact DCHI for more details


SUSSEX COUNTY HEALTHY NEIGHBORHOOD (operated by the Sussex County Health Coalition)- contact Cheryl Doucette,

  • Health Committee- Meets on the 4th Wednesday of each month; 8:30 am to 10:00 am at Eastern Seals in Georgetown – Conference Room (First Floor)
  • Youth Engagement/Serving Organizations Committee – YESO- Meets in the 2nd Wednesday of each month; 9:00 am to 10:30 am at Easter Seals in Georgetown – Conference Room (First Floor)
  • Sussex Early Childhood Council / Early Learning Action Team - SECC/ELAT- Meets on the 4th Tuesday of each month; 10:00am to 11:30 pm at Easter Seals in Georgetown – Conference Room (First Floor)
  • Behavioral Health Task Group – BHTG- Meets on the 3rd Friday of each month; 9:30 am to 11:00 pm at Thurman Adams State Service Center in Georgetown (Use Public Health Entrance)
  • Sussex Success- Meets on the fourth Monday of each month; 10:30 am to 12:00 noon at the Shipley State Service Center in Seaford – Conference Room
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