The St. Lawrence County Community Health Improvement Coalition, Bridge to Wellness, is an
active committee with twenty‐six participating organizations including Public Health, higher
education, hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers and community based organizations.
Meetings are facilitated by the Local Public Health Department, and the St. Lawrence County
Health Initiative, Inc. The partners work collaboratively to plan, implement and oversee the St.
Lawrence County Community Health Improvement Plan and Community Service Plan(s).
This year, the Bridge to Wellness Coalition partnered with the Fort Drum Regional Health
Planning Organization (FDRHPO) to develop an appropriate regional needs assessment that
would guide a strong data driven Health Improvement Plan in St. Lawrence County, and be
incorporated into a Health Assessment using State and National Data Sources. Considering the
Assessment results, and the capacity of region, Bridge to Wellness Coalition identified priorities
for the 2016‐2018 plan as 'Prevent Chronic Disease' and 'Promote Mental Health and Prevent
Substance Abuse'. While these are the same priorities the coalition identified in 2013, the 2016
plan is streamlined and identifies additional opportunities to improve the health of targeted
residents. The coalition‐researched interventions grounded in evidence and activities include
environmental, systems and policy change.
In each priority area, education and involvement from the community at large is integral to the
success of each intervention. Bridge to Wellness Partners will disseminate regular reports to
the community through online media, print publications, and radio and in person education.
The Partners will oversee and govern the evaluation of this plan on a monthly basis.