Every 5 years the Public Health Division conducts a Community Health Improvement Plan and Process (CHIPP) 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 CHIPP, "health" is defined broadly and includes physical health, mental health, environmental health, and other areas that contribute to overall well-being.
Following the assessment of community needs in 2017, three health-related focus areas emerged as priority areas for Waukesha County: Mental Health, Nutrition & Physical Activity, and Opioid Use.The Public Health Division is partnering with community volunteers, organized as Action Teams, who are currently in the process of implementing Action Plans to improve the health within the three priority areas.
A CHIPP 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 problems, and the development and implementation of action-oriented community health improvement plans. View the 2010-15 CHIPP report. View the report from October 2018 (updated 10/2019).
The CHIPP 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 course of the five year process.
Vision for a healthy Waukesha County is: Strong families, connected communities, healthy environments and accessible services that promote overall safety, well-being and quality of life.
As reported in the Waukesha County Health Status Assessment, the initial local data examined identified 6 health-related issues affecting Waukesha County--the three current health priorities for the County (Mental Health, Nutrition and Physical Activity, and Opioid Use), as well as three others: Alcohol, Communicable Diseases, and Healthcare Navigation.
Click here to view the PowerPoint from the October 2, 2018 CHIPP Kickoff Meeting at the Richard T. Anderson Education Center of WCTC
Click here to view the October 2018 CHIPP report (updated Oct. 2019) that sets out the plans to improve community health in Waukesha County through the Community Health Improvement Plan and Process
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