—- About Us
Our History —-
Our (belonging to us) Health (the general condition of a person in all aspects)
An idea became a reality when a group of individuals took the results of a community needs assessment for Winchester very seriously. Valley Health System (VHS) contracted with Premier, America’s leading health care consultant, to conduct a survey to define the area’s health needs. “Health” is a term that describes more than medical status. A focus group was formed to concentrate on roughly ten major issues. The goal of this group was to consider how the area could best be served in relation to these needs. Five issues were chosen and set the stage for a group to facilitate services to area non-profits and coordinate client care. The mission was to look behind or beyond the medical needs of the community and reach out to a community in a way never before attempted. Focusing on societal challenges, before healthcare solutions, was a model that was yet to be defined, at least in Virginia. The name of this group-Our Health-was meant to imply just that. Stemming from Valley Health, which focuses on medical well-being, Our Health was created to expand the opportunity for a community to be well.
Our Health collaborated via both public and private partnerships to create a community campus. Local, state and federal government representatives supported this idea on many levels. These unique partnerships helped create a co-location, currently for 24 agencies, with room to grow. Although these agencies share a GreenSpace on campus, they are still autonomous and act as stand-alone agencies. By connecting them in proximity, the goal is to encourage collaboration and coordination of client care. The campus provides those in need with many resources to achieve overall health. Our Health supports campus agencies, providing a reasonable, inclusive rate for office space. Partnerships through the Volunteer Action Center, grant writing, and training resources create a diverse network of services for non-profits. Many levels of support are offered to these agencies by sharing the skilled staff of Our Health. Our Health offers non-profit agencies guidance to improve their organizational structure and efficiency with an eye toward sustaining and enhancing the non-profit community. The original mission was to reach out to our community with a commitment to serve others. Our Health achieves this each day it is connected to area agencies.
We believe it is our responsibility to: