Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Health Board Begins Strategic Planning Process

HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) – The Harrisonburg-Rockingham Healthy Community Council (HCC) announced the start of the strategic planning process to assess how best to support and facilitate community health initiatives.

According to an HCC press release, the strategic plan will help HCC identify its future direction, as well as measurable goals and outcomes as it continues to improve the quality of life in the community through the collaborative efforts of individuals. , agencies and institutions.

HCC also announced that, through a grant from the Harrisonburg-Rockingham Community Services Board (HRCSB), has hired OMNI Institute, a social science consulting firm in Denver, Colorado, to facilitate the strategic planning process.

OMNI specializes in leading organizations to determine strategies and goals to see visions come to fruition.

The HCC Steering Committee, the leadership of the entire HCC that meets monthly, will participate in the planning process with OMNI. The steering committee includes members from several organizations, including The Arc of Virginia, Boys and Girls Club, Church World Service, Friendship Industries, James Madison University, Sentara RMH, United Way, Valley Program for Aging Services, and Way to Go.

During the data collection phase, the HCC says council members and community members will have the opportunity to offer their ideas and feedback through listening groups and surveys. They say this data will help the steering committee in its decision-making process.

“Participating in this project is an opportunity for the Healthy Community Council to pause and assess what our role in the community should be,” said Brandy Haden, M.Ed., Behavioral Health and learning at HRCSB. “With more community partners collecting data to illustrate the needs of our community, this is an opportunity to re-evaluate HCC’s overriding purpose in conducting community needs assessments and open up space to have meaningful conversations about our community, our gaps in understanding, and how we can be more inclusive in our decision-making process.

HCC President Joyce Nussbaum and the HCC say they look forward to completing this process with the OMNI Institute and sharing the finalized plan with the community. The expected completion date is December 2021, and the HCC says its organization hopes to share its plan with board members at its quarterly meeting in January 2022.

If you would like to learn more and have the opportunity to comment, you are invited to attend the HCC quarterly meeting on June 8.

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