The McKeesport Healthier Communities PartnerSHIP is one of 63 state-wide community affiliates of the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). It was the first community partnership encompassing two state-wide initiatives, Weed & Seed and Communities That Care. Comprised of 125 community providers and individuals, the McKeesport Healthier Communities PartnerSHIP is an affirmative action group whose mission is to address the health, educational, social, spiritual, recreational, and safety and security needs of the community that are guided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services “Healthy People 2010” goals and objectives.

 

In a letter dated April 3, 2003 from the Acting Secretary of Health, Dr. Robert S. Muscalus, the McKeesport Healthier Communities PartnerSHIP was applauded by the Acting Secretary for its broad assessment of community health issues, as well as the community wide participation in its health improvement efforts. The McKeesport SHIP has proactively responded to the community’s needs with powerful interventions on eliminating barriers to programs and services for its underserved population that were identified in two assessments conducted in 1997 and 2000.

 

In 2005, the McKeesport SHIP developed a comprehensive, three-year Logic Model and Sustainability Work Plan with a strong focus on what SHIP partners and community residents identified as five key areas of concerns from results in an Impact Study conducted by Tripp Umbach and Associates presented to the PartnerSHIP in 2004. The objectives of the Impact Study were: 1) to provide specific guidance required to position MHCP as a catalyst for attracting outside funding and directing such funding to areas of greatest community need; 2) to engage SHIP members in strategic planning processes, leading to activities designed to address the priorities of the Impact Study through the development of a core leadership group and task forces; and, 3) to continue to enhance tracking methods of cost-savings that would assist the SHIP in developing a stronger economic and social impact statement in 2005. Each Logic Model was designed to empower all partners to link services by collaborating together and eliminating unnecessary duplication. Economic Job Growth and Opportunities, Youth Development and Activities, Community Substance Abuse, Aging Population and Elderly Needs, and Crime and Safety.