Express Outreach Award 2010: Checking the Pulse of Community Health: A Public Forum
HARC was incorporated in 2006 by a collaboration of 30 community-based organizations that recognized the need for a regional health data collection system for individuals, agencies and institutions in Eastern Riverside County. They realized that without understanding the area?s needs, solutions could not be formulated or efficiently implemented. Furthermore, they recognized that without health data, it was difficult to measure progress or to convey dire needs to current and potential supporters. HARC?s mission is to provide objective, reliable research, analysis and technical services to Eastern Riverside County communities and to facilitate better decision-making regarding health and quality of life. HARC?s three primary programs are: 1) a triennial health assessment and report for Eastern Riverside County and the Coachella Valley region; 2) survey and data-based services for community partners and other organizations; and 3) educational programs that help community organizations utilize health-related data. The triennial health assessment provides baseline data about the health needs and disparities facing the region?s residents. The baseline data helps measure the impact of community efforts to address health issues, while providing a tool for strategic planning and business decisions that benefit the region. All program areas encourage community-wide, collaborative partnerships and resource pooling.