• Community Health Improvement Plan and Process (CHIPP)

    The Community Health Improvement Plan and Process (CHIPP) is a mechanism to assess and determine the priority health needs of Waukesha County residents. In a CHIPP, "health" is defined broadly and includes physical health, mental health, environmental health and other areas that contribute to overall well-being.

    The purpose of the CHIPP is to review and assess health needs from a variety of data sources and determine strengths and weaknesses. A plan is then developed to recommend strong programs in areas of need. Once a plan is developed, it is implemented and evaluated. In Wisconsin, the entire CHIPP generally spans a five year period to give enough time to observe community health improvements.

    The Waukesha County CHIPP Steering Committee will provide essential leadership over the course of these five years, with a request to individual members to commit to at least two years and the opportunity to continue annually after that time.


    Vision for a healthy Waukesha County is:

    Strong families, connected communities, healthy environment and accessible services that promote overall safety, well-being and quality of life.


    The Waukesha County Public Health System is:

    • Collaborative - providing mutual aid and sharing responsibilities, ideas, and investments
    • Accountable - honoring commitments
    • Straightforward - celebrating successes and being honest about challenges
    • Community-centered - focusing on benefits for the community, rather than individual gain
    • Outcome-focused - knowing the aim and measuring it
    • Resourceful - using technology, funding, what already exists, what works, and related resources wisely
    • Inclusive - valuing different opinions, cultures, and priorities, and engaging individuals/customers, primary care, churches, schools, businesses, ALL!
    • Innovative - generating creative solutions
    • Responsive - addressing current and anticipated community needs
    • Resilient - recovering from adverse events quickly and effectively
    • Prevention-focused - identifying and attacking the root causes of poor health

    • Years 2011-2012: The planning phase will include data assessment meetings to determine the health priorities in conjunction with other community stakeholders who may contribute additional data or ideas;
    • Years 2012-2015: Recruit organizations who are a natural fit for implementing CHIPP-identified areas for improvement and hold and interim evaluation session of progress toward key indicator achievements;
    • Years 2014-2015: Document the evaluation results and/or intervention outcomes toward community health improvement and determine the methods of informing the greater community.

    Waukesha County CHIPP - Identified Health Priority Areas

    1. Access to Care - 1 objective
    2. Mental Health - 4 objectives
    3. Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA) - 5 objectives

    For detailed information on the objectives being implemented, please see the CHIPP Report.