The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is a community-wide action plan for addressing priority health issues in Maricopa County over the next five years. It identifies areas where we can have the largest impact on improving the quality of life for all Maricopa County residents, particularly the most vulnerable in our community, by reducing preventable illness and death.
The Maricopa County 2012-2017 CHIP uses a framework similar to Arizona Chronic Disease Strategic Plan and the National Prevention Strategy, which align prevention strategies along four community sectors: Where We Live (Community), Where We Work (Worksites), Where We Learn (Education), and Where We Seek Care (Healthcare). This approach addresses chronic disease in places where people spend significant amounts of time. It emphasizes the importance of wellness and prevention in all aspects of our lives.
Participants from each cloud group will develop action plans associated with improving the five health conditions and outcomes identified in the 2012 Community Health Assessment process: Obesity, Diabetes, Cardiovascular Disease, Lung Cancer, and Access to Care. All priority areas will have goals and measurements for improvement over the next five years. MCDPH staff will work among the four cloud groups as active participants in the CHIP.
Many CHIP participants are from organizations that have been involved since the Community Health Assessment process, and others have joined as the Plan has taken shape. More than 200 individuals representing dozens of public and private organizations in Maricopa County are currently engaged in the CHIP process or have expressed interest in being informed. To join one of our four workgroups - Worksites, Community, Education, or Healthcare - contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (602)506-6098.
For more information about the HIPMC and community health improvement planning efforts, visit MaricopaHealthMatters.org.