Every 5 years, Waukesha County Public Health conducts a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for Waukesha County. This is a national, comprehensive approach to assess community health, develop and implement action plans to improve community health, and monitor results. In a CHIP, "health" is defined broadly and includes physical health, mental health, environmental health, and other areas that contribute to overall well-being.
A CHIP engages key community members to systematically collect and analyze qualitative and quantitative health-related data from a variety of sources. The findings then inform community decision-making, the prioritization of health issues, and the development and implementation of action-oriented community health improvement plans.
The process includes the use of a CHIP Steering Committee for Waukesha County, representing key sectors of the community, to include healthcare, government, nonprofits, business, education, faith-based organizations and consumers, provides essential leadership over the five year process. You may find the linked documents below, helpful in gaining a better understanding of our community's health status.
The first linked publication below (on the left) is the Community Health Assessement, which is compilation of all four assessments made during the 1st year of the 2022-2026 CHIP Cycle, in the MAPP Process (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Process). The 2nd document (Health Status Assessment & Data Report) is part of the MAPP Process, that focuses on collecting data to understand the community's health status and serves as a starting point for the MAPP process.
Vision for a healthy Waukesha County is: An inclusive and well-connected community supporting all people, embracing diversity, ensuring equitable access to services, and creating social, physical, and economic environments that promote health, well-being and quality of life. The strategic health priorities for the 2022 - 2026 Cycle are: MENTAL HEALTH, SUBSTANCE USE & HEALTHY AGING.
CHIP Steering Committee Co-Chairs
Mental Health Tri-Chairs
Substance Use Tri-Chairs
Healthy Aging Tri-Chairs
CHIP Facilitator: Terri Phillips
Pictured below: Steering Committee & Action Team Tri-Chairs met mid-year, 2023, to discuss the integration of Results Based Accountability within the Community Health Improvement Plan.