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Community Health Improvement in Action: CHIA Project Results December 2017

Wednesday, December 20, 2017  
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Community Health Improvement in Action: CHIA Project Results
December 2017

Please click here for the printable PDF Document. 

 With WALHDAB’s CHIA project drawing to a close this year, we invite you to share in the results of this collaborative effort.

The overall goal of the CHIA project was to strengthen communities’ capacity to implement and evaluate effective community health improvement plans and processes (CHIPP).

Activities: the CHIA Community of Practice, active from January 2015 through December 2016, included:

·         5 in-person training events

·         12 webinars, archived on our website

·         A Google Group listserv with 265 members

·         For 20 funded-partner communities (see figure on right), CHIA provided mini-grant funding and quarterly coaching calls with project staff

7 Tools were created in collaboration with our partners, including: 

·         Strategy Map for Preventing and Reducing Alcohol Misuse, an online logic model, accompanied by the User Guide to the Strategy Map.

·         Sample Dashboard for Measuring the Progress and Impact of Alcohol-Related Initiatives, an Excel template for tracking and reporting outcomes, along with a User Guide to the Dashboard and four YouTube video tutorials.

·         Pick List of Alcohol-Related Strategies (formerly named Alcohol-Related Objectives with Focus). 

Though excessive alcohol use is the subject of these resources, they are templates that can be adapted to other health priorities. Download these and other tools from the CHIA Resources page.

Project Results

CHIA succeeded in meeting its main objectives: we increased the use of evidence-based community health improvement strategies and evaluation strategies and increased local commitment to high quality CHIPP processes and outcomes.

In the post-project Survey of CHIPP Practices, funded-partner sites were asked to assess their level of skill, knowledge, and confidence before and after the CHIA project. They reported significant increases, generally moving from a “low” to a “medium” level for each indicator reviewed:

·         Advocating for policy change: confidence and skills

·         Knowledge of alcohol-related data sources; policy, system, and environmental change strategies; and sources of evidence-based strategies

·         Ability to measure and report on health impact and progress of initiatives

Most importantly, these self-reported increases in skills, confidence, and knowledge translated into action.  A document review of funded-partners’ CHIPPs was conducted at the beginning and end of the two-year mini-grant period.  Each indicator of CHIPP quality was assigned a score of 0-4. As detailed in the chart below, sites improved on every aspect of CHIPP quality reviewed.

By creating tools, enhancing collaboration, and increasing skills, CHIA increased the efficacy of CHIPP, the main mechanism for systematic, collaborative effort to improve community health in Wisconsin.

CHIA is a collaboration between the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB) and the UW Population Health Institute, funded by a 2014-2017 grant from the UW School of Medicine and Public Health from the Wisconsin Partnership Program (WPP).

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