Our Community Health Improvement Projects

Wisconsin has a long history of community health improvement work. Since 1993, local health departments have been required by Wisconsin State Statutes to periodically assess community health needs and resources and develop and implement plans to improve the health of residents in a process known as CHIPP (Community Health Improvement Plans and Processes). Wisconsin non-profit hospitals have a similar mandate as they move forward with the new Community Health Needs Assessment requirements in the Affordable Care Act. Many other organizations in a community are committed to strong and effective community health improvement processes. We offer the tools and resources on these pages to help guide community health improvement processes for health departments, hospitals, and other community partners working to impact the health of local communities.


Resources for Improving Community Health showcases the work of two projects: Community Health Improvement in Action (2014-2017) and the Wisconsin CHIPP Infrastructure Improvement Project (2011-2014). Funding for both projects was provided by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health from the Wisconsin Partnership Program. The two projects are community-academic collaborations between the Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.

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