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Harrisonburg-Rockingham Healthy Community Council Begins Strategic Planning Process

During the data gathering phase, HCC says there will be opportunities for council members, and...
During the data gathering phase, HCC says there will be opportunities for council members, and community members, to offer their insights and feedback through listening groups and surveys. (Source: Gray Media)(Source: Gray Media)
Updated: Jun. 3, 2021 at 3:09 PM EDT
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HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) - Harrisonburg-Rockingham Healthy Community Council (HCC) has announced the beginning of the strategic planning process to evaluate 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, along with goals and measurable outcomes as it continues to enhance the quality of life for the community through collaborative efforts of individuals, agencies, and institutions.

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

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

The HCC’s Steering Committee, the leadership for the broader HCC who meets monthly, will be participating 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 gathering phase, HCC says there will be opportunities for council members, and community members, to offer their insights and feedback through listening groups and surveys. They say this data will help the steering committee in their decision making process.

“Participating in this project is an opportunity for the Healthy Community Council to pause, and assess what our role should be in the community,” said Brandy Haden, M.Ed., Behavioral Health Wellness & Learning Coordinator with the HRCSB. “With more community partners gathering data to illustrate our community’s needs, this is a chance to reevaluate the overarching goal of the HCC in conducting community needs assessments, and open a space to have meaningful conversations about our community, our gaps in understanding, and how we can be more inclusive in our decision making process.”

Joyce Nussbaum, HCC Chair, and the HCC say they are looking forward to completing this process with OMNI Institute, and sharing the finalized plan with the community. The expected completion date is December, 2021, and the HCC says their organization hopes to share its plan with council members during its January 2022 quarterly meeting.

If you would like to learn more and have an opportunity to comment you are invited to attend the June 8 HCC Quarterly Meeting.

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