Worcester County Health Department Launches Network of Care for Healthy Communities – A Community-Based Web Site to Enhance Health Decision-Making

November 1, 2011
Network of Care

SNOW HILL, Md. – The Worcester County Health Department 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 Worcester County Network of Care for Healthy Communities (http://worcester.md.networkofcare.org/ph/home/index.cfm) 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 provides a Community Dashboard of more than 90 local health and quality-of-life indicators specific to Worcester 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 Worcester County’s Network of Care for Healthy Communities 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 Worcester County's Network of Care for Healthy Communities 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. Worcester County's Network of Care for Healthy Communities 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 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; the Network of Care for Mental/Behavioral Health and the Network of Care for Service Members, Veterans & Their Families.

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