Community Health Assessment/Community Health Improvement Plan (CHA/CHIP)

Our community is working together to improve health and wellness in Austin/Travis County. In collaboration with community members, partners, and stakeholders, the Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department, Travis County Health and Human Services and Veteran’s Services, Central Health, St. David’s Foundation, Seton Healthcare Family, and the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Heath Austin Regional Campus is leading a comprehensive community health planning effort to measurably improve the health of Austin/Travis County residents.

A Community Heath Assessment (CHA) engages community members and local public health system partners to collect and analyze health-related data from many sources.

The CHA:
  • Informs community decision-making;
  • Prioritizes health problems; and
  • Assists in the development and implementation of community health improvement plans.
The CHIP

CHIP is an action-oriented plan that outlines the priority community health issues based on CHA findings. The community and partners work together to identify how issues will be addressed and how to measure progress. The long-term goal is to ultimately improve the community’s health. (Source: National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).) The process began in Summer 2011 and plans will be completed by December 2012.

Purpose
  • Engage community members on health issues
  • Understand health disparities in communities
  • Differentiate needs in various communities
  • Enable leaders to establish health priorities based on community needs
  • Facilitate local public health systems to focus on programs and services that address community's health needs
  • Strengthen viability to successfully compete for funding opportunities
  • Collaborate with partners and meet new partners
  • Promote action planning to achieve healthy communities and health behaviors
Process

Utilizing the best-practice model of Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships developed by NACCHO, we will follow a structured process to assess and prioritize needs, develop and implement improvement measures, evaluate plans, and continuously improve quality.

Social Determinants of Health

Why is it so important to discuss what affects health and how we can improve these factors?
Attention to health must begin long before illness--in our homes, schools, and jobs. Our opportunity for health starts long before we need medical care. All Americans should have the opportunity to make the choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life, regardless of their income, education or ethnic background.

(Source: http://austintexas.gov/healthforum)

Please click here to view the full Community Health Assessment/Community Health Improvement Plan.