“There is immense power when a group of people with similar interests get together to work toward the same goals.”
― Idowu Koyenikan
The LEX-CHIP group participated in a facilitated strategy session in which members reviewed the background of the LEX-CHIP activities and the data that supported the formation of the group and developed a Strategic Plan for each action group that would guide their efforts in reducing health disparities.
LexBeSafe STRATEGIC PLAN
Priority 1: Crime and Violence
Priority 2: Safe Neighborhoods & Communities
Youth and community violence are symptoms of a host of interrelated risk factors within homes, schools, communities, and society. These include child abuse, substance abuse, Poor parenting, violent relationships, underfunded and low performing schools, and gender and income inequities. No single factor creates a higher likelihood of violence occurring. Every community has protective factors and assets that can be supported and enhanced to reduce unhealthy, violent conditions and establish healthy behaviors and relationships.
Goal 1: Increase community awareness of activities, programs, events, and resources available to them that contribute to reduced crime and violence in their environment.
Objective 1: To support the efficient use of resources across Lexington-Fayette County, LexBeSafe will inventory community activities that align with identified priorities.
Performance Measures: Development of an inventory of community activities and resources supporting an environment that fosters a safe and secure community; Increased participation of community partners in LexBeSafe team.
Strategies: Map existing resource sites in the community. This includes but is not limited to nonprofit, for profit, and faith based organizations; Coordination with local law enforcement to identify community targeted activities and resources.
Objective 2: Determine through a defined process what vehicle the members of the community will utilize as a resource guide or directory.
Performance Measures: Defined platform for directory based on population need.
Strategies: Hold focus groups to talk with community; Research how other communities have successfully implemented similar measures.
Goal 2: Support community initiatives and coalitions in Lexington-Fayette County promoting awareness and prevention of crime and violence.
Objective 1: Support the Lexington Fayette Urban County Government process of obtaining Safe Communities Accreditation.
Performance Measures: Lexington-Fayette County completion of application for Safe Community Accreditation within one year of letter of intent; Lexington-Fayette being awarded Safe Communities accreditation.
Strategies: Coordination with the Lexington Safe Communities task force to identify progress toward Safe Communities designation and those activities, included in the process that LexBeSafe could provide leadership; Initiate communication with active members of Safe Communities task force to form partnerships; Identify community groups that will be valuable partners in obtaining accreditation.
GOAL 3: Encourage and increase community engagement through neighborhood programs and activities that promote a sense of pride and cohesion.
Objective 1: Develop a baseline measure for community engagement in neighborhood programs, events, activities, and resources.
Performance Measures: To be determined based on completion of goal one.
Strategies: To be determined based on completion of goal one.
Objective 2: LexBeSafe will establish connections within the community to increase the communication of resources.
Performance Measures: To be determined based upon results of baseline measurement by June 2018.
Strategies: To be determined based upon results of baseline measurement by June 2018.
Objective 3: LexBeSafe will facilitate the implementation of a tool for neighborhoods and community members to utilize to advertise neighborhood and community events.
Performance Measures: To be determined by December 2018.
Strategies: To be outlined by December 2018.
GOAL 4: Increase collaboration with Lexington-Fayette County Health Department (LFCHD) Board of Health and other governing bodies.
Objective 1: On an annual basis share a presentation with the LFCHD Board of Health detailing LexBeSafe goals and objectives.
Performance Measures: Completion of annual presentation to LFCHD Board of Health.
Strategies: Use goals and objectives that are data based to present to the Board of Health.
Objective 2: Communicate with at least two other governing bodies in the community by June 2018.
Performance Measures: Presence of representatives from two governing bodies at a LexBeSafe meeting or LexBeSafe members presenting information to at least two governing bodies.
Strategies: Utilize community partners within LexBeSafe to determine what governing bodies are assessable and would be interested in the LexBeSafe agenda.
LexBeWell STRATEGIC PLAN
Priority Area 1: Food Security
Healthy eating and regular physical activity contribute to longevity and improved quality of life by keeping the mind active, the body strong, and helping maintain a healthy body weight. Neighborhoods should be designed in ways that provide access to places that offer affordable healthy foods. Targeted efforts towards children should incorporate lessons not only on how to identify healthy options, but to also understand the process of growing vegetables and cooking/preparing those foods.Communities should encourage the presence of grocery stores and supermarkets, farmer’s markets, community gardens, and/or food co-ops in every neighborhood. All people in the community benefit from an environment in which there is access to healthy foods, healthy beverages, and safe places to walk, ride, and play. Creating healthy, safe, livable communities has a positive impact on health. Mental health is a potential focus area to be considered in the future. Mental health is important at every stage of life. When people enjoy a sense of well-being, they are more likely to lead a productive life, maintain fulfilling relationships, participate in health-promoting behaviors, adapt to change, and cope with adversity. Holistically, mental health and physical health are closely linked and affects good overall health. Conditions like depression and anxiety can decrease participation in health-promoting behaviors.
GOAL 1: Create a community asset map.
Objective 1: Development of an inventory of community resources/activities supporting better food choices, improved nutrition, and increased physical activity.
Performance Measures: Compilation of current community resources and activities.
Strategies: Utilize current community partners, online resources, and others to contribute to inventory list.
Objective 2: Complete a gap analysis of resources based upon completed inventory from Objective 1.
Performance Measures: Completion of resource/activity directory currently supporting LexBeWell priorities.
Strategies: Hold community conversations to identify available services: What services do you currently offer? Who do you serve? What do you need to be successful? What is missing?
GOAL 2: Organized recruitment.
Objective 1: Proactively seek active participation from job specific organizations.
Performance Measures: Adapt policy and determine money for resources.
Strategies: Invite government officials, civic leaders, district council, and others to attend LexBeWell meetings; Encourage community partners and key stakeholders to become involved in LexBeWell initiatives.
GOAL 3: Determine a community target group.
Objective 1: Identify existing communities that have been successful in tackling the priorities of LexBeWell.
Performance Measures: Increased quality of life and community participation in LexBeWell activities.
Strategies: Investigate evidence based implementations of LexBeWell priorities; Develop baseline for action using, USDA Food Deserts, Foods Pantry/Food Security, Bluegrass Farm to Table Food Demand Study, University of Kentucky research, 17 Food Sources, Lexington-Fayette County Health Department data, and other data as identified; Use data sources to prioritize communities to pilot; Measure volunteer environment; Gain input on services and resources needed from the community; Utilize community neighborhood partnerships to involve community leaders; Establish community champions.
LexWork STRATEGIC PLAN
Priority 1: Address barriers to employment by connecting people to existing resources and meaningful work opportunities.
The ability to work and earn a living wage is a strong determinant of health. A living wage is a minimum level of pay that allows a worker to afford basic necessities and have means to participate in civic life without assistance. Typically, a living wage does not allow for expenses related to unexpected medical needs and other emergencies. Scientific literature shows that persons of lower socioeconomic status, or earning salaries below living wage, have an overall diminished quality of life and are
expected to suffer poorer health outcomes throughout life.
GOAL 1: Increase awareness of Lexington-Fayette County employment resources.
Objective 1: Develop an inventory of community resources and programs that contribute to workforce entry.
Performance Measures: Development of baseline inventory.
Strategies: Map areas of community unemployment; Identify resources with user friendly tools that assist with employment related needs.
GOAL 2: Identify training needs.
Objective 1: Identify training needs and opportunities for workers to obtain employment.
Performance Measures: Development of assessment.
Strategies: Partner with the Society of Human Resources, local employment, community partners, and others to identify work ready skills crucial for obtaining employment; Develop an assessment of work ready skills needed for available positions in the Bluegrass area; Complete a crosswalk between needed work-ready skills from the employer perspective and resources available to identify gaps; Incorporate supporting data regarding identified training gaps, needs, and opportunities.
GOAL 3: Expand upon employment resources specific to felon re-entry into the workforce.
Objective 1: Capture resources and targeted opportunities that include a directory of employers who will hire individuals with a felony record.
Performance Measures: Assist with promotion of resources.
Strategies: Continue working with partners to expand upon community education and conversation about felony expungement.
GOAL 4: Increase employment opportunities among felons.
Objective 1: Develop a plan to increase the number of Lexington-Fayette County employers who partner with local employment agencies to employ people with a felony record.
Performance Measures: LexWork members will be involved in the Community Conversations Town Hall Meetings.
Strategies: Utilize resource directory information and focus group information to develop plan; Survey Town Hall participants to gauge feelings toward hiring individuals with felony records.