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Healthy Southern Illinois Delta Network

Summary 
  • Need: To improve people's health in a rural 16-county region in Illinois.
  • Intervention: A coalition of local health departments and healthcare facilities coordinates regional efforts, which are implemented locally by health community coalitions.
  • Results: HSIDN has created toolkits, developed resource guides, and provided wellness trainings, among other initiatives.

Description

Healthy Southern Illinois Delta Network (HSIDN), created in 2008, brings together health centers, hospitals, local health departments, and other organizations in a rural 16-county region. A steering committee of 9 organizations coordinates regional efforts, and 6 health community coalitions (made of over 400 community-based agencies and community members) implement these efforts locally.

map of HSIDN coalitions

HSIDN organizations have received funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Delta Regional Authority, Plan4Health, and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Services offered

HSIDN goals include:

  • Help create policy, systems, and environmental changes
  • Improve access to mental health services
  • Promote healthy diets and body weights
  • Reduce cancer cases, heart attacks, and strokes

Results

HSIDN:

  • Created toolkits for smoke-free programming that coalition members can share with schools, worksites, housing, and others
  • Developed and updated resource guides for diabetes and mental health services
  • Introduced schools to a coordinated approach for school health and helped 29 schools adopt or strengthen wellness policies
  • Made fact sheets about cancer disparities and distributed them to local health departments
  • Provided regional trainings about built environment, worksite wellness, school health, and health impact assessment
  • Provided wellness training and support at over 32 worksites affecting over 11,000 employees
  • Facilitated 107 free Live Well Be Well self-management workshops between March 18, 2015, and September 1, 2022, for people with diabetes and other chronic health conditions and their caregivers

HSIDN members created Camp BETA, a free overnight camp for children with type 1 diabetes.

Challenges

Staff turnover at agencies and organizations plays a role in the work of the coalition. It is often a challenge to keep individuals engaged and to keep the action team and steering committees moving forward to improve the health of the community with so much staff turnover.

Replication

Success of the HSIDN is due to having a strong collaborative effort with healthcare systems, local health departments, as well as other community partners and community organizations working together to create policy, systems, and environmental changes. A regional plan, developed every five years, serves as the implementation framework for each local coalition and includes evidence-based strategies for each focus area. Implementation of programming related to the regional plan occurs through the efforts of the healthy community coalitions and various action teams.

Contact Information

Angie Bailey, System Director of Community Health
Southern Illinois Healthcare
angie.bailey@sih.net

Topics
Hospitals
Networking and collaboration
Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

States served
Illinois

Date added
September 30, 2022

Suggested citation: Rural Health Information Hub, 2022. Healthy Southern Illinois Delta Network [online]. Rural Health Information Hub. Available at: https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/project-examples/1103 [Accessed 1 December 2022]


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