A Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is a long-term, systematic effort to address issues identified by the Community Health Assessment (CHA). A strong CHIP can be used by other agencies in the community to identify local community health needs and priorities. El Paso County Public Health and all public health agencies in Colorado are required by Senate Bill 194 to complete a CHIP for the community each serves. The CHIP is a requirement for public health accreditation. Non-profit hospitals also are required to create a similar plan as a part of the Affordable Care Act.
In order to facilitate this process and produce a CHIP that works for Public Health and hospitals, El Paso County Public Health convened a stakeholder group called the Healthy Community Collaborative in June 2011. The Healthy Community Collaborative has reviewed the data for the CHA and is working together to determine what health areas should be the focus of community-wide efforts. The Healthy Community Collaborative consists of representatives from Public Health, area hospitals, medical providers, social service agencies, schools, the for-profit and non-profit business communities, academia, and individual citizens.
Click here to view the Community Health Improvement Plan