Community Health Assessment and Health Improvement Plan (CHA CHIP) Guidance
This page provides guidance for completing community health assessments (CHAs) and community health improvement plans (CHIPs).
For a quick snapshot of CHA/CHIP best practices and resources, view this flyer.
The following CHA CHIP guide consists of basic steps and tools for community assessment and planning. Key elements include an analysis of community health needs and assets and developing a set of priorities and objectives for taking action. The process calls for community-wide participation in shaping decisions about improving the community’s health and mobilizing support and resources. The basic steps in the guide are consistent with the assessment and planning requirements in the Public Health Accreditation Board (PHAB) Public Health Standards (Domains 1 and 5) and IRS requirements for tax-exempt hospitals based on Section 501(r)(3) of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act . However, additional documentation is required to demonstrate compliance with PHAB and IRS requirements. See the documents referenced above for specific documentation requirements.
Step 1: Adopt a Planning Structure
Step 2: Identify & Engage Stakeholders as Partners
Step 3: Identify & Secure Resources
Step 4: Identify Data that Describes Community Health Status & Needs
Step 5: Analyze the Data & Develop a CHA Summary
Step 6: Review Factors that are Important for Health & Well-Being (Priority Setting)
Step 7: Document Stakeholder Discussion & Invite Broader Community Participation & Input
Step 8: Develop the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)
Step 9: Implement, Track Progress, & Sustain the Process
Step 10: Establish & Implement a Communication Plan
Step 11: Evaluate Goals, Objectives, Strategies, & the Communication Plan