Kanawha County is a great place to LIVE, LEARN, WORK and PLAY.
To identify, evaluate and coordinate resources to make sustainable improvement to community conditions that impact the health of the people who live, learn, work and play in Kanawha County.
We strive to meet the highest ethical standards
We commit to being socially, financially and environmentally responsible.
We agree to make tangible commitments of resources to the Coalition.
We treat all people with dignity and respect.
We believe that the “process” is the “product” and serve as the vehicle to put together groups of people to explore and address challenges and opportunities.
We believe that people need to participate in making decisions that affect them and are committed to including all members of the community regardless of their beliefs or values.
When listening to key residents and other customer groups, we take into account the diversity of the community to ensure equity among groups within the community
We cultivate a community-wide sense of ownership, not organizational ownership.
We remain flexible in our approach to meeting community needs.
We embrace continuous quality improvement, bold creativity and change.
We encourage and support Coalition volunteers.
We celebrate successes along the way.
Our Leadership Ethics Statement
The Coalition upholds the above Leadership Guiding Principles in our work, and believes the Coalition works collaboratively to identify and evaluate health risks and coordinate resources to measurably improve the health and quality of lives of people in Kanawha County.
As Coalition members, we are responsible for adding value to the Coalition and contributing to the ethical success of this organization. We are advocates for the Coalition by engaging in activities that enhance its overall credibility and value. With that, we accept professional responsibility for our decisions and their consequences. We are committed to acting honestly, truthfully, and with integrity in all of our actions. Likewise, as Coalition members we agree to be responsible, transparent, and accountable for such actions. We are dedicated to respecting the community that we work with and acting for the benefit of the community that we serve. As members of the Coalition, we are expected to maintain high standards of ethical conduct and will continually evaluate our Leadership Guiding Principles to improve the accountability, transparency, ethical conduct, and effectiveness of the Coalition.
History of KCCHI
: The Kanawha Coalition for Community Health Improvement was an outcome of conversations that began in 1994 among the Chief Executive Officers of Kanawha County’s hospital systems. Early in their discussions, they recognized a need for a comprehensive approach to community health improvement, and sought to garner diverse perspectives around the issues affecting the health of the people of Kanawha County. Invitations to be part of these discussions were extended to the leadership from the county health department, county school system, the chamber of commerce, local foundations, the United Way and other social service organizations. Many of these organizations remain organizational leaders on KCCHI’s Steering Committee even today.
In 1995 KCCHI leaders acknowledged that they needed to hear the opinions and concerns of Kanawha County residents before making decisions on priorities for the Coalition. That same year, KCCHI conducted its first triennial Community Health Needs Assessment. KCCHI has continued to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments every three years, having just completed its eighth assessment in 2020.