In 2020, CHANGE, Inc. provided:
CHANGE, Inc. is a community action agency that serves northern West Virginia (Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, and Marshall Counties) and Jefferson County, Ohio as well as surrounding communities providing various programs and services to those in need.
CHANGE, Inc. Mission Statement:
CHANGE, Inc. builds partnerships, consolidates resources, and integrates services to empower families to overcome the causes of poverty and live healthy lives.
CHANGE, Inc. (Christians Helping Arrange New Growth Enterprises) Community Action Agency was formed in 1983 by a handful of clergy members who wished to aid families affected by layoffs from Weirton Steel find new employment. Since that time, we have grown into a full-circle agency, addressing many of the needs of the economically disadvantaged. With over 30 years of operation, the belief of empowering families is still strong within the agency.
The concept of “community action” was originally conceived as part of the War on Poverty Program launched by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. Community Action objectives focused on enabling people to achieve self-sufficiency and providing them with the resources to achieve that goal, and the concept of community action, people working together to help people, became widely known throughout the Northern Panhandle. As the concept grew, additional services were developed and interest continued to grow in the community.
The Promise of Community Action: Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope, improves communities, and makes America a better place to live. We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping people help themselves and each other.
CHANGE, Inc. Awarded Community Health Center Quality Recognition (CHQR) Badges
The CHQR badges recognize Health Center Program awardees that have made notable quality improvement achievements in the areas of access, quality, health equity, and health information technology for the most recent UDS reporting period. Additionally, COVID-19 badges were introduced to recognize health centers’ contributions to the public health emergency response in the areas of data collection, testing, and vaccinations.
CHANGE, Inc. was recently awarded 4 new badges including 2 recognizing efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic including the “COVID-19 Data Reporter” recognizing our supporting data for public health emergencies with response rates of 90% or more to the weekly Health Center COVID-19 Survey from April 10, 2020 to July 2, 2021, and the “COVID-19 Vaccinations” badge for administering vaccines to more than 70% of our 2020 reported patient populations from April 10 to July 2, 2021.
The “Advancing HIT for Quality” badge for meeting all criteria to optimize HIT (Health Information Technology) services that advance telehealth, patient engagement, interoperability, and collection of social determinants of health to increase access to care and advance quality of care. “Patient Centered Medical Home” (PCMH) recognition. PCMH is a care delivery model whereby patient treatment is coordinated through their primary care physician to ensure they receive the necessary care when and where they need it, in a manner they can understand.
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.