Partnership for a Healthy Community
The Partnership for a Healthy Community consists of local agencies and organizations, as well as community members that work collaboratively to identify health priorities and strategies to address these priority issues. In 2017, the third cycle of the MAPP (Mobilizing for Action for Planning and Partnership) was initiated by the Partnership for a Healthy Community Steering Committee. The MAPP cycle is used to conduct the Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan.
Based on extensive analysis of the Community Health Needs Assessment, the following were identified as the three priority issues for Kankakee County for 2019-2021:
- Access to Health
- Behavioral Health
- Education and Employment
To learn more and get involved with this project, visit www.kankakeehealth.org/MAPP.
Project SUN (Strengthening and Unifying our Network) is a community initiative to bring together all the parties involved with helping children flourish. This project focuses on promoting healthy social and emotional development and life transitions, as well as, facilitating easy access to children's mental health services in Kankakee County. The goal is to develop a family-driven system of care (SOC) that promotes wellness and offers all youth (0-21) and their families multiple avenues to access a comprehensive, integrated mental health care system aimed at meeting the needs of the whole child. This SOC model involves services provided in six Kankakee County community-based systems: mental health, primary healthcare, early childhood, schools, courts, and faith-based/civic organizations. Project SUN takes advantage of the best components each system has to offer; referring, serving, and supporting families as individual situations dictate. To learn more and get involved with this project, visit www.projectSUNkankakee.org.
Project SUN is an initiative of the Community Foundation of Kankakee River Valley and is funded by the Illinois Children's Healthcare Foundation.