Community Health Improvement Initiative

An Invitation to Transform for Health Equity
In 2024, the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMPHW) is launching an in-depth community health improvement planning process to address the most pressing health priorities facing our communities as well as develop strategies and actions to address them.

We invite you to join us. 
The Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) processes invite the community to take part. They will be developed through community stakeholder meetings, workgroup sessions, and strategic community engagement efforts with diverse community and organizational leaders, allies, and advocates to collectively shape and inform the planning process.

We have a unique opportunity to work together with the goal of making a long-lasting impact on the conditions, systems, and policies that will improve health outcomes and overall quality of life for our residents.


 

Q&A

What is a Community Health Assessment (CHA)?

A Community Health Assessment is a systematic, comprehensive process of data collection and analysis that examines health and well-being across Louisville and Jefferson County. It identifies areas and populations having better or worse health outcomes. It is organized by looking at data from the physical environment, social and economic factors, health behaviors, access to quality healthcare, and health outcomes. Where possible, data are disaggregated by race, ethnicity, income, age, or geographic area to tell us if there are any health disparities in our community.

What is a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)?

The Community Health Improvement Plan uses the results from the Community Health Assessment and input from the community to produce a comprehensive plan with the goal of improving health outcomes for all populations.

What are the benefits of creating a CHA and CHIP?

Welcomes all voices – people from across the community and leaders from all sectors of the community are invited to participate, share their opinions and knowledge and be advocates for change. 

  • Improves organizational and community coordination and collaboration.
  • Increases knowledge about public health and how public health is woven throughout the places we learn, work, play, and worship and everyday activities.
  • Establishes benchmarks for public health practice improvements.
  • Uses data to determine how and where resources should be distributed to best meet community needs. 
  •  The long-term goal is to improve the community’s health so that everyone can achieve their full potential for health and well-being.
Building a Community Health Improvement Plan Together Develop

Phase 1 - Build the Community Health Improvement Foundation
September 2023 - February 2024

• LMPHW will establish a Community Advisory Board (CAB) made up of residents from across Jefferson County and a Community Health Improvement Work Group (CHIP WG) of community partners to provide direction and feedback throughout the entire process.

Phase 2 - Tell the Community Story
March 2024 - June 2024
• LMPHW will compile comprehensive, accurate, and timely data through surveys and focus groups to understand the community’s health status, strengths, and needs.
• Anyone can complete and help distribute a community-wide survey to gather rich views and strengths-based data from residents. You can also participate in and help recruit participants for focus groups.
• LMPHW will facilitate community conversations to review collected data, to better understand the factors that affect the health of the community, and to help residents prioritize issues for inclusion in the CHIP.
• You can take part in community conversations and ensure the CHIP directly addresses the priorities for achieving our shared vision for the future.

Phase 3 –Develop a Community Health Improvement Plan July 2024 - December 2024
• The Community Advisory Board and the Community Health Improvement Work Group will develop a long-term, systematic effort to address public health problems based on the results of the community data collected.


It can’t happen without you.

Your experiences, knowledge, and opinions are essential to the process and the development of a successful Community Health Improvement Plan. Bringing together a wide range of individuals and organizations, including government agencies, private businesses, civic and nonprofit organizations, and educational institutions to collaborate will help us develop a shared community health improvement plan.

To learn more or get involved, contact us.

The Louisville Metro Community Health Needs Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan are built on the public health MAPP framework – Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships.

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