Community Health Improvement Planning


According to the CDC, a community health improvement plan (or CHIP) is a long-term, systematic effort to address public health problems based on the results of community health assessment activities and the community health improvement process.  A community health improvement plan is critical for developing policies and defining actions to target efforts that promote health. It should define the vision for the health of the community through a collaborative process and should address the gamut of strengths, weaknesses, challenges, and opportunities that exist in the community to improve the health status of that community. Find more information on the CDC’s website.

An Overview of the Community Health Improvement Planning Process

This webinar explores how health departments, hospitals, health centers, community-based organizations, community leaders, and other key stakeholders can effectively identify and respond to pressing public health concerns and build on existing community assets to achieve sustainable population health impact.

Beyond Compliance: Maximizing Investment in Community Benefit Implementation Strategy with Tools

SIPAs nonprofit hospitals focus on meeting the triple aim of improving quality of care and population health while reducing costs, developing an implementation strategy to fulfill IRS requirements can achieve far more than simply “checking the box.” Rather, nonprofit hospitals can leverage the community benefit implementation strategy to advance both greater institutional alignment and health impact. This approach meets the needs and requirements of the strategic implementation plan, while leading to leadership engagement and buy-in, institutional alignment of priorities, nurturingof community-based partnerships, and enhanced impact of community health strategies and initiatives

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Embracing Equity in Community Health Improvement with Tools

HRiA logoAcross America, many public and private sector organizations are committed to generating greater opportunities and resources for the nation’s most disadvantaged populations. This paper discusses the rationale and multi-sector approaches for intentionally promoting an equity agenda throughout the community health improvement (CHI) process, so that scarce resources are directed to addressing the underlying factors that have led to consistently poorer health outcomes for historically marginalized groups

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Example CHIP: Boston’s Community Health Improvement Plan


 From the report: Boston’s Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) were developed in 2014 and revised in 2016 through a collaborative process involving the Boston Alliance for Community Health (BACH), the Boston Public Health Commission (BPHC), and over 40 community partners. The CHIP is not the strategic plan for BPHC or BACH but rather is a community led plan to address five citywide priorities

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Addressing Challenges and Barriers to Implementing a Community Health Improvement Plan