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. El Paso County Public Health is also required to complete a CHIP every five years by the Public Health Accreditation Board. 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 convenes a stakeholder group called the Healthy Community Collaborative. This group has been meeting regularly since 2011. 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.
The Healthy Community Collaborative has reviewed the health indicator and socioeconomic data for the 2017 CHA and is in the process of creating a written CHIP report for 2018-2022. The Healthy Community Collaborative has selected two priority areas for the CHIP: mental health/substance use and healthy eating/active living. The Health Community Collaborative is beginning to monitor its progress on the CHIP's priority areas on the Thriving Colorado dashboard, which can be found here.
Click here to view the 2012 Community Health Improvement Plan
Click here to view the 2012 Community Health Assessment
Click here to view the 2017 Community Health Assessment