Community Health Improvement Assessment and Plans
An Overview of the Process
Links to Local Health Departments' Community
Health Assessment or Community Health Plan Webpages
An Overview of the Process
Since 1993, Wisconsin State Statutes have required communities throughout Wisconsin
to develop and implement local health plans to address health conditions impacting
their residents. This process has been referred to as the
"Community Health Improvement Process"; named in part,
due to the resulting health status changes in a community and the people
who live there.
Local health departments are required by Wisconsin
State Statutes Chapter
251.05 to: (Exit DHS; PDF, 97 KB)
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.
Develop public health
policies and procedures for the community.
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 s.
Submit data, as
requested, to the local public health data system established by the
Additional requirements in
community health assessments and planning are found in Department of
Health Services Administrative Rules Chapter DHS 140.04. (Exit
DHS; PDF, 51 KB)
To guide the discussion, a tool some have found helpful is the Healthiest Wisconsin 2020
(HW2020). The Community Health Assessment is framed around the 12
health focus areas of HW2020 including information on local, state, and
national morbidity, mortality, health behavior, social, and economic
indicators. Community data is compared to the national Healthy
People 2020 and HW2020 goals.
A team of community representatives is formed to:
- Review health conditions and their modifiable risk factors which impact community residents.
- Identify community strengths and resources which can be built
upon to address given health conditions.
- Prioritize health conditions which impact residents.
- Develop goals, measurable objectives, and implementation
strategies to address the top health priorities.
- Incorporate health-plan goals and strategies into day-to-day
activities of community partners.
- Annually review progress on goals, objectives, and
Community representatives should only review enough data to decide if the health priority is a top concern for their
residents without over-burdening them with information that is better
used in targeting implementation initiatives.
Community representatives determine variations to the process and
information discussed. Depending on the community, template data may be
augmented with data only found locally; including school and opinion
surveys, environmental health programs, and local health providers.
Links to Local Health Departments
To access information about the
Local Health Departments in a particular Wisconsin county, click on the county in the map
below. For printable listing of the local health departments and
tribal health agencies, visit to the
Wisconsin Local Health Department and Tribal Agency DHS webpage.
(Links within this map may
For more information on Community Health
Improvement: Assessments or Community Health Plans, please contact Jim
Lawrence at (715) 365-2708 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 09, 2014