Priority Areas

  • Since 1993, Wisconsin State Statutes have required communities Wisconsin to develop and implement local health plans to address health conditions affecting their residents called Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIP). As indicated by Wisconsin Department of Health Services, local health departments are required by Wis. Stat. ch. 251.05 to:
  • Regularly and systematically collect, assemble, analyze, and make available information on the health of the community; including statistics on health status, community health needs, and epidemiological and other studies of health problems.
  • Involve key policymakers and the general public in determining and developing a community health improvement plan that includes actions to implement the services and functions specified under Wis. State Statute 250.
  • Develop public health policies and procedures for the community.
  • Submit data, as requested, to the local public health data system established by the department.

A team of community representatives is formed to: 

  • Review health conditions and their modifiable risk factors that affect community residents.
  • Develop goals, measurable objectives, and implementation strategies to address the top health priorities.
  • Identify community strengths and resources that can be built upon to address given health conditions.
  • Incorporate health-plan goals and strategies into day-to-day activities of community partners.
  • Prioritize health conditions that affect residents.
  • Annually review progress on goals, objectives, and strategies.

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