CHA CHIP has more than a 30-year history in Iowa and represents vital local action to promote and protect the health of Iowans. At least every five years, local public health assures a community-wide process takes place to identify the most important factors affecting health in the community and to plan strategies to build on strengths and work on gaps. These CHA CHIP discussions form the foundation for statewide planning and action to improve the health of all who live, work and play in Iowa.
Federal requirements for nonprofit hospitals to conduct community health needs assessments every three years present an opportunity for hospitals and local public health to join forces to identify needs and craft strategies for meeting them. Working together can result in greater collaboration between hospitals and local public health and an initiation of new partnerships. Both groups in the health system stand to gain from the relationship. Even more important, the community benefits when data, resources, and expertise are shared to attain the common goal of a healthier community.
CHA CHIP - Resources
Resources for Developing, Implementing, Tracking, and Evaluating Health Improvement Strategies
- Community Tool Box: University of Kansas resource provides tips and tools for taking action in communities and evaluating progress.
- Diet, Obesity, and Weight: CDC's list of proven strategies that support healthy eating, physical activity, and breastfeeding in child care, health care, school, worksite, and community-wide settings.
- Guide to Community Preventive Services: Learn how this CDC guide can help hospitals, public health agencies, and other stakeholders make decisions about adopting evidence-based strategies for improving community health.
- What Works for Health: Comprehensive information from the County Health Rankings initiative to help communities select and implement evidence-informed policies, programs, and systems change. The identified policies and programs are organized by specific health factors of interest (e.g., alcohol use under “Health Behaviors,” access to care under “Clinical Care,” community safety under “Social and Economic Factors,” etc.), or by the primary user (e.g., by community leader, health care professional, government official, educator).