Across the country, community members, groups, and organizations, along with local governments, are working together to improve their community’s health through focused, coordinated efforts. These efforts are meant to change the underlying factors that affect the community’s health, make healthy choices easier, improve access to care, and provide everyone with an equal chance at a healthy life. It's about taking on the most significant health challenges the community is facing - together.
This process, called Community Health Improvement (CHI), is a multi-year, repeating cycle of assessing health needs, focusing on a select number of priorities, and then putting into action effective policies and programs that drive change.
Through the CHI process, a Community Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan are developed.
What is a Community Health Assessment (CHA)?
The purpose of a Community Health Assessment (CHA) is to learn about the community: the health of the population, factors that contribute to higher health risks or poorer health outcomes, and available community resources.
The CHA informs community decision-making about the prioritization of health problems and the development of a Community Health Improvement Plan.
What is a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)?
The Community Health Improvement Plan is an action plan to address the community health issues identified through the CHA. Community members and community health partners, like health care organizations, schools, and non-profits, develop the CHIP together. It requires the collaboration of multiple organizations; no one agency can do it alone.