PROCLAMATION from Fred Camillo, First Selectman
WHEREAS, The Greenwich Community Health Improvement Partnership, known more commonly as GCHIP, emerged from a Greenwich Hospital/Greenwich Health Department alliance to conduct a comprehensive Community Health Needs Assessment in 2003 in collaboration with other Greenwich agencies, associations, and Town departments, under an Affordable Care Act clause; and
WHEREAS, The Greenwich Community Health Improvement Partnership has been a voluntary alliance of for-profit, non-profit, and municipal organizations for more than 20 years; with more than 40 members/agencies participating in monthly meetings; and
WHEREAS, The Greenwich Hospital Association (GHA) has provided resources for over 2-decades to support the many GCHIP projects, programs and initiatives implemented or fostered by professionals from many diverse organizations, but also for the services of a professional facilitator for monthly meetings; and
WHEREAS, GCHIP’s mission is to improve the understanding of the health needs of Greenwich and to plan health improvement strategies to address identified data-supported issues, gaps, and challenges by facilitating targeted services, and programs; and
WHEREAS, For more than two decades, GCHIP has facilitated health improvement programs under 3-multi-disciplinary agency task forces; Access to Care & Services, Healthy Living/Healthy Bodies, and Behavioral Health/Healthy Minds; and
WHEREAS, GCHIP’s 20 years of accomplishments are too numerous to list, they include creating a computer-interactive Mental Health Matrix, supporting the need for four dedicated psychiatric beds in the GHA emergency department, the creation of a Youth Coordinator position for the Town of Greenwich, and supporting hundreds of healthy living and behavioral health education programs, along with numerous Health/Health & Wellness fairs and many multi-themed conferences for professionals and the public.