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Working Toward a Healthier Hancock County

Hancock Health Improvement Partnership (HHIP) is a group of citizens, businesses, organizations and other entities with the goal of improving Hancock County. HHIP was established to identify health and healthcare priority areas related to health and health outcomes in the county. The partnership assessed county health issues and developed a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) with plans of implementing it in upcoming years.

Hancock Health Improvement Partnership is funded by a grant from Healthcare Georgia Foundation (Foundation). Created in 1999 as an independent private foundation, the Foundation’s mission is to advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities.

HHIP Meeting Schedule

All HHIP meeting are free and open to the public and media. HHIP meets every other month on the fourth Wednesday at Central High School in Sparta from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. Visit the group’s Facebook page to see all upcoming events.

Join HHIP

HHIP is always looking to grow. Hancock County citizens, organizations, faith-based groups, businesses and other agencies are encouraged to join HHIP.  Interested parties should  email HHIP, or call HHIP at 706-444-2200.

HHIP Community Health Improvement Plan

From July 2017 to April 2018, HHIP partners met on a routine basis to identify and address specific priority areas related to health and health outcomes in the county. In December 2017, partners and community members participated in a prioritization workshop to identify three specific priority areas related to health and health outcomes in the county: Economic Development, Healthy Environments, and Literacy. After the identification of these three priority areas, partners collaborated to write objectives and strategies for each. These objectives and strategies form the foundation for HHIP’s Hancock County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP), which was published in April 2018. This document reflects the diligence and collaboration of community members devoted to improving health in their county.

Faith-Based Organization COVID-19/Flu Mini Grants

Hancock County has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. In late May 2020, this County was identified as the “latest COVID-19 hotspot in Georgia” in state and national media.  With 54 COVID-19 deaths reported as of February 23, 2021, Hancock County had the highest COVID-19 death rate of all 159 counties at 69 deaths per 100,000 population.

REACH received a supplement to focus work on COVID-19 vaccine awareness, access and confidence activities as well as flu vaccine activities tailored to racial and ethnic minority groups experiencing disparities, through the 2021-2022 flu season.

REACH recognizes how important churches are to the fabric of this community and invites their participation in this vital health initiative. We welcome applications that offer collaboration between churches or between churches and community-based groups.

The mini-grant initiative is open to predominantly African American churches in Hancock County. Only one application will be accepted per church. To be eligible for funding, churches must agree to the brief terms and conditions outlined to address vaccination education and uptake.

Deadline to apply is September 22, 2021 at 3 p.m.

FBO COVID-19/Flu Guidelines and Application

2021 REACH & HHIP Mini-grant Initiative with Faith-Based Organizations to Increase COVID-19 and Influenza Coverage in Hancock County

October 1, 2021 – January 15, 2022

Hancock Health Improvement Partnership (HHIP) was formed in 2017 with the mission of working together to become the “Healthiest County in Georgia.” The Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) program was introduced to Hancock County in 2018. REACH is a national program administered by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce racial and ethnic health disparities.

REACH works with HHIP to implement strategies and activities to reduce health disparities among the County’s African American population.

Hancock County has been significantly impacted by COVID-19. In late May 2020, this County was identified as the “latest COVID-19 hotspot in Georgia” in state and national media.  With 54 COVID-19 deaths reported as of February 23, 2021, Hancock County had the highest COVID-19 death rate of all 159 counties at 69 deaths per 100,000 population.

REACH received a supplement to focus work on COVID-19 vaccine awareness, access and confidence activities as well as flu vaccine activities tailored to racial and ethnic minority groups experiencing disparities, through the 2021-2022 flu season.

REACH recognizes how important churches are to the fabric of this community and invites their participation in this vital health initiative. We welcome applications that offer collaboration between churches or between churches and community-based groups.

Given the COVID-19 pandemic and the uncertainty around planning for in-person events soon, organizations applying for mini grants are encouraged to consider this in their proposed projects.

Funding Amounts:

The total amount budgeted for the mini-grant initiative is $15,000. The maximum amount awarded per mini grant will be $1,500. Ten churches will be selected to participate, based on the applications.

Eligibility:

The mini-grant initiative is open to predominantly African American churches in Hancock County. Only one application will be accepted per church. To be eligible for funding, churches must agree to the brief terms and conditions outlined to address vaccination education and uptake.

How to Apply:

Completed applications should be submitted to Tamaya Browder, REACH, in-person at the HHIP/REACH office at 365 Spring Street, Suite B, Sparta; by mail: REACH, P.O. Box 700, Sparta, GA 31087; or by email HancockHIP@gmail.com no later than 3PM on September 22, 2021.

Timeline

Application distribution September 6,2021
Application due date (by 3PM) September 22, 2021
Tentative award notification September 30, 2021
Grant Project Period October 1, 2021 – January 15, 2022
Final Project Report Due January 30, 2022

 

Application Review Process:

(Proposed) The grant application review team including HHIP executive committee members and staff will evaluate the mini-grant applications and will make funding recommendations.  The grant application review team will consider these questions in their evaluation:

  • Is the application complete?
  • Does the application provide a compelling statement that reflects purpose and passion?
  • Does the application describe three potential ideas for vaccination education and uptake?
  • Does the application clearly describe the COVID-19 church/community event?
  • Does the project include collaboration between more than one church? (Not required but encouraged.)

 

Mini-Grantee Requirements: 

Organizations receiving mini grants will be required to:

  • Actively participate in the REACH faith-based workgroup.
  • Hold one COVID-19 event (education, awareness, vaccination).
  • Provide verbal updates on progress at grantee meetings.
  • Join the Hancock Health Improvement Partnership coalition.
  • Submit final report.

 

Questions:

If you have questions, please contact: Tamaya Browder, Community Outreach Specialist

365 Spring Street, Suite B

Sparta, GA 31087

Office: 706-444-2200   Cell: 478-952-0921 Email: HancockHIP@gmail.com

HHIP Executive Committee

  • Annie Ingram, HHIP Chair – Hancock County Board of Education
  • Jennien Delane, HHIP Vice-Chair – University of Georiga, SNAP-Ed
  • Kathy Ransom – Hancock County Library
  • La Tunya Goodwin – Sparta-Hancock Chamber of Commerce
  • Regina Butts – Family Connections-Communities in Schools
  • Shirley Tucker – Hancock County Health Department
  • Nyademor Wiley – Hancock County Health Department
  • Regina Jackson – HealthMPowers
  • Terrell Reid – Hancock County Commissioners

Learn More:

 

Child and Adult COVID-19 vaccine available! Now vaccinating ages 5 and older. Booster doses available for ages 12+. All 13 county health departments providing vaccines.See Schedule