Models for Community Health Improvement Practice

Many organizations have created models for effectively improving the health of a community or population. In general, these models are quite similar. Like the model depicted here, they emphasize:

  • Working together: Engaging community members and collaborating with all interested organizations (including public health, business, education, philanthropy and investors, nonprofits, community development, government, and healthcare)
  • Communicating efforts and findings to the community

Models for community health improvement describe a continuous cycle of community health improvement with steps like these:

  • Assess Needs & Resources
  • Focus on What’s Important
  • Choose Effective Policies and Programs
  • Act on What’s Important
  • Evaluate Actions


Visit the Table of Resources to download these documents that describe the steps and best practices for community health improvement:

  • Wisconsin Guidebook on Improving the Health of Local Communities: a step-by-step guide with checklists, state and national guidelines, and links to related tools and templates (31 pages long).

  • Improving the Health of Local Communities: The Wisconsin Way: an overview of the community health improvement model (also included in the Wisconsin Guidebook above).

  • A Healthy Place to Live, Learn, Work, and Play: Understanding Community Health Improvement Processes: a PowerPoint presentation on best practices and resources for effective community health improvement.

  • Summary of CHIPP Best Practices and Standards including Wisconsin and national standards: state statutes, Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) standards, and guidelines from the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Internal Revenue Service (IRS).

Links to other community health improvement websites and resources:

Continue to: National and Wisconsin Standards and Mandates (for hospitals and public health agencies) 

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