Building the community health improvement plan – an important community tool

July 31, 2018  |  Melissa Feltmann, Healthier Somerset

A community is defined as, “a group of people living in the same place.” But what makes a community desirable to its members? The answer to that question, in part, can be found in the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). Yet, most are not familiar with the CHIP and what it means to the community.

A CHIP is a long-term strategic planning tool that identifies a community’s priority health issues and outlines a recommended action plan to address those needs. Typically developed every three years, a CHIP guides community decision-making related to health improvement, by providing a vision for the health of the community and a framework for organizations to utilize in developing services and programs to improve the health of the community.

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