Online Program

Making community health improvement easier: Tools for communities

Tuesday, November 5, 2013 : 4:30 p.m. - 4:50 p.m.

Sarah J. Beversdorf, MPH/MSW, Wisconsin Public Health Association, Kimberly, WI
Julie Hladky, MPH, Wisconsin Association of Local Health Departments and Boards (WALHDAB), Kimberly, WI
Julie A. Willems Van Dijk, RN, PhD, School of Medicine and Public Health, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Madison, WI
Across the country, the approach to community health improvement varies. In Wisconsin, local health departments are required to conduct community health improvement plans and processes (CHIPPs). Those health departments collaborate with local agencies, including hospitals that have similar requirements through the IRS and Affordable Care Act. However, while the mandate for CHIPPs exists, and there is a history of CHIPP efforts in the state, the variance between communities' processes and results is great. To better understand what was happening with CHIPPs and what areas of CHIPP could be strengthened, key stakeholders collaborated to conduct an assessment of the system and address identified CHIPP gaps with resources. Using the results of the assessment, nine resources were developed, including a Recommended Core Data Set, Template Implementation Plan, a Pick-List of Sample Objectives, and Tips and Tools for Engaging Local Employers. The new resources were then piloted in ten communities across the state. This session will share those identified resources and some preliminary results from the pilot sites.

Learning Areas:

Program planning
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines

Learning Objectives:
Identify at least three new tools to support local community health improvement efforts

Keyword(s): Community Health Planning, Community Health Assessment

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Project Manager for this 3-year project focused on improving community health improvement efforts in Wisconsin. I have worked with other staff in developing the draft tools and resources that are a product of the project (which will be shared during the session).
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.