The purpose of the Healthy Polk County 2020 is to mobilize people, organizations and stakeholders to collaboratively address issues that impact health. The ultimate goal of a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is to measurably improve the health of the population.
Every Wisconsin public health jurisdiction has a statutory responsibility to conduct a community health needs assessment (CHA) at least every 5 years and to create a CHIP based on that assessment. Community health needs assessments and implementation strategies are also required of tax-exempt hospitals as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. These requirements spur regular health assessments and foster creative collaborative strategies to improve the health of communities. They also provide an opportunity to improve coordination of hospital community benefits programs to align with other local efforts to improve community health. The regulation applicable to hospitals requires that the CHA must take into account input from “persons who represent the broad interests of the community served by the hospital facility, including those with special knowledge of or expertise in public health.” Polk County’s last CHIP cycle was in 2012 -2015 and the Polk County Community Health Improvement Plan 2017-2020 builds upon the work of the previous plan.
Healthy Polk County 2020 strives to interface with the current state health plan, Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 (HW2020) and the national plan, Healthy People 2020, by:
- Assuring that a diverse set of partners was involved in the CHIP process
- Assuring that the community needs assessment process was aligned with the HW2020 identified health focus areas
- Aligning objectives (whenever possible) for Healthy Polk County 2020 health focus areas with HW 2020 objectives in selected health focus areas
- Aligning objectives whenever possible with Healthy People 2020, the national health improvement plan.
- Utilizing the same vision of HW2020 of “Everyone Living Better, Longer”.