Linn County Public Health Launches the Network of Care for Healthy Communities – A Community-Based Web Site to Enhance Health Decision-Making in Linn County, Iowa

April 27, 2011
Network of Care

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa – Linn County Public Health has launched an innovative, local-delivery Web portal to enhance health decision-making by providing community stakeholders, families and individuals with key health data and resources in an easy-to-read format. The Network of Care for Healthy Communities (http://linn.ia.networkofcare.org/ph/) provides a directory of all health services; a leading health library and encyclopedia; social networking; legislative tools; nationwide news; personal health records, and much more.

Stakeholders have access to local community health dashboards of indicators, promising practices from around the nation, and local collaboration tools. The site integrates Community Health Data Initiative data into a Community Dashboard of more than 100 local health and quality-of-life indicators specific to Linn County. For example, for a topic such as obesity, users can view current county values; trending and comparison to national targets; ranking compared to other areas in the state; and related GIS maps from Health Landscape. Further content is also available, including news; reports; services, and legislation, all specifically related to the topic of concern. The system also automatically brings a vetted library of “best practices” from around the nation. This “best practices” library describes how different communities with the same problem have worked toward positive change.

Service providers can share public-health challenges and ideas by embracing the Network of Care’s communication tools, such as the Social Network of Care and community calendars. Service providers can even build their own free Web sites in the For Providers section.

The Network of Care for Healthy Communities is a partnership between the National Association of Counties; the National Association of City and County Health Officials, and Trilogy Integrated Resources, in collaboration with the Healthy Communities Institute.

To increase accessibility and accommodate the Network of Care’s users, the site’s innovative technology provides near-universal access, regardless of literacy or income level, to Web-based services through a text-only version of the site and other adaptive technologies. The site is fully ADA-compliant. The Network of Care also is available in multiple languages.

Trilogy Integrated Resources LLC of San Rafael, Calif., created, developed and maintains the Network of Care for Healthy Communities and all of the other Network of Care Web sites, including the Network of Care for Seniors & People with Disabilities; the Network of Care for Behavioral Health; the Network of Care for Kids (ages 0-5); the Network of Care for Children & Families (ages 0-18); the Network of Care for Developmental Disabilities; the Network of Care for Domestic Violence; the Network of Care for Probation Services, and the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families.

Trilogy, the leading information provider in the field of social services, now serves 25 states via the Network of Care. For more information, please contact Trilogy at 415-458-5900 or at info@trilogyir.com.