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Larimer County's Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

Larimer County's Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) was designed to reflect community needs and values. The CHIP provides a set of goals and specific objectives, and will include evidence-based strategies to address the health needs of Larimer County residents, focusing on two priority areas:

  • Mental and emotional well-being
  • Raising healthy children

Background

The process to create the five-year CHIP began after Colorado passed the Public Health Reauthorization Act in 2008, which required each local public health agency to complete a Community Health Assessment and create a Health Improvement Plan focusing on high priority areas. This effort involved compiling county-level health data to assess community health status, assessing capacity of public health partners to address community health issues, gathering input from key individuals and the community at-large, and prioritizing actions. This process took into consideration other community efforts working to improve the lives and health of Larimer County residents. Numerous organizations and individuals were involved in the various work groups and committees that informed the community health assessment and developed the CHIP. It will take the entire community to create a healthy community for Larimer County residents to live, work, learn, and play.

The Larimer County CHIP is intended to be a "living" document, and will be updated as the CHIP work continues. For more information, contact Christy Bush, MHS, Project Manager.

Community Health Improvement Plan

Community Health Assessment Summary - Slides

CHIP Summary: Priorities

Capacity Priority: Assessment, planning and communication

In addition to the two priority focus areas for the CHIP, LCDHE identified a need to improve capacity for our ability to lead in the areas of:

  • Assessment
  • Planning
  • Communication

Goal 1: Increase LCDHE's ability to lead in the measurement, communication, planning, and evaluation of community health in Larimer County.

Objective 1.1: By December 2014, develop an infrastructure to support LCDHE's increased ability to lead in measuring, communicating, planning, and evaluating community health in Larimer County.

Strategies

  • 1.1.2 – Improve current health planning and evaluation infrastructure within LCDHE
  • 1.1.2 – Lead efforts to measure and communicate community health status
  • 1.1.3 – Lead efforts to evaluate CHIP progress
  • 1.1.4 – Focus on promoting health equity

Priority: Promoting mental and emotional well-being

Goal 2: Implement the National Prevention Strategy's four recommendations for improving mental and emotional well-being in communities.

Objective 2.1: By December 2014, Larimer County will complete a multi-year action plan to improve mental and emotional wellness in our community.

Objective 2.2: By June 2015, Larimer County will complete a plan for evaluating the impact of selected strategies to improve mental and emotional well-being.

Strategies

  • 2.1.1 – Establish infrastructure and process for community partners to work together to develop multi-year action plan
  • 2.1.2 – Complete analysis of assets and gaps for each NPS recommendation
  • 2.1.3 – Identify objectives and select strategies
  • 2.1.4 – Prepare a multi-year plan for implementing strategies
  • 2.2.1 – Develop evaluation plan

Priority: Raising healthy children

Goal 3: To advance the safety, well-being, resilience, and healthy development of children and youth in Larimer County.

Objective 3.1: By May 2014, Larimer County will document existing sources of county-level data about health behaviors and conditions for children and youth (ages 0-18).

Objective 3.2: By December 2014, Larimer County will complete a multi-year action plan that includes evidence-informed strategies to promote raising healthy children in our community.

Objective 3.3: By June 2015, Larimer County will complete a plan for evaluating the impact of selected strategies to promote raising healthy children.

Strategies

  • 3.1.1 – Improve our ability to measure the health status and health behavior of Larimer County children and adolescents, and where disparities in health exist
  • 3.2.1 – Establish infrastructure and process for community partners to work together to develop multi-year action plan
  • 3.2.2 – Complete analysis of assets and gaps in services for children and youth
  • 3.2.3 – Identify objectives and select strategies
  • 3.2.4 – Prepare a multi-year plan for implementing strategies
  • 3.3.1 – Develop evaluation plan

Timeline for Implementation

The following timeline outlines the major planned milestones for CHIP Year One (2014). The timeline will be continually revised with additional detail as work on the CHIP progresses.

CHIP Year One (2014): Building infrastructure and selecting evidence-informed strategies

Activity/Milestone Month
BOH reviews CHIP January
LCDHE hosts CHIP kick-off with community partners March
LCDHE initiates formation of steering committees and work groups March
Steering committees and work groups meet March, and continue to meet monthly/quarterly
Complete assets and gaps analyses April-June
Select objectives and interventions July
Develop multi-year action plan, which includes evidence-informed
strategies, lead organization, and potential resources
August-December

For more information, contact Christy Bush, MHS, Project Manager.

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