Welcome to the WI-HIPP newsfeed! We will post updates and notices regularly so you can stay informed and engaged.
May 24, 2017
Introducing Healthy Wisconsin!
We are pleased to announce that the Wisconsin Health Improvement Planning Process (or WI-HIPP) has transitioned from “process” to “plan” with the launch of Healthy Wisconsin!
Healthy Wisconsin includes both a state health assessment and improvement plan to help communities identify strategies to make Wisconsin healthier. The State Health Improvement Plan addresses five health priorities – alcohol, nutrition and physical activity, opioids, suicide, and tobacco. There is an additional focus on adverse childhood experiences and resilience.
The Healthy Wisconsin website and plan highlight goals, data and strategies to encourage public involvement in making progress on the five priority health areas. In the future, the website will also highlight local and statewide success stories that show communities working to make a difference in each area.
Since many of you work closely on addressing these issues, we are going to need your help. We're hoping to gain insights and gain your commitment to proceed with specific activities and specific interventions that align directly with the health priorities outlined in the plan. We will also be working with teams, which we are calling Priority Action Teams, to develop practical strategies for success.
For more information and to get involved with Healthy Wisconsin, visit healthy.wisconsin.gov
We can make Wisconsin healthier, together.
November 4, 2016
WI-HIPP Update and Next Steps
There has been fantastic participation in our survey and have received nearly 800 responses! Thank you to everyone who has shared information about your community and work that is being done around the priorities. As we finalize the improvement plan and prepare for implementation, we are using your ideas and interest to help shape our work. In addition, we're planning to maintain contact with those who have expressed interest in continued involvement.
The Wisconsin Health Improvement Planning Process (WI-HIPP) Steering Committee convened (virtually) for the fourth and final time last month to review and provide feedback on high-level priority plans for each of the five health issues – alcohol, nutrition and physical activity, opioids, suicide, and tobacco. We are now in the final phases of taking these high-level priority plans and incorporating them into a draft Wisconsin Health Plan, which will also include the health assessment of Wisconsin. This document will be posted on this website for comment in the coming months.
We will soon embark on the implementation phase of WI-HIPP which will include the launch of Priority Action Teams. Because this is a health plan for the entire state, we need significant involvement from people who are interested in moving the needle on these priority issues. The WI-HIPP team will be here to help connect partners working on the health priorities across Wisconsin. This next phase will also include regular reporting to and monitoring by the Wisconsin Public Health Council on the implementation of Wisconsin’s Health Improvement Plan. Watch for more information about Priority Action Teams and other ways to get involved by signing up for the WI-HIPP e-mail list.
September 1, 2016
Reminder: Survey on Wisconsin's Health Priorities
We have had great participation about the work that is being done on Wisconsin's health priorities. We've received nearly 500 responses to the survey we launched a few weeks ago! Thank you to all of you who have responded.
If you haven’t had the opportunity, there's still time to provide us with information that will help us in drafting Wisconsin's Health Improvement Plan. Please fill out this survey to provide some initial data about where and how these health issues are being addressed.
So what’s next? We aim to post the Health Improvement Plan for comment in October. At that time, we will also be asking for specific examples of successful interventions and activities taking place in your communities that align with the Plan.
August 15, 2016
Wisconsin's Health Priorities
Staff at the Department of Health Services are continuing to pull together draft ideas around the selected health priorities.
We are hoping you will assist us in drafting Wisconsin's Health Improvement Plan by sharing information about your community and work around the priorities. Please fill out this survey to provide some initial data about where there may be activity occurring to address these health issues.
Over the next couple of months we will post the Health Improvement Plan for comment and will be asking for examples of successful interventions and activities taking place in your communities that align with the Plan.
We are very interested in promoting what you're already doing and any ideas you have to align your work with Wisconsin's health priorities for the next five years. Stay tuned for more information sharing opportunities!
July 19, 2016
Drafting the Health Improvement Plan
Work is well underway on the Wisconsin Health Improvement Plan!
Staff in the Department of Health Services are sifting through hundreds of pages of strategic and program-specific plans and data, to organize and draft ideas around possible objectives for the Wisconsin Health Improvement Plan on the following health issue priorities:
Nutrition and Physical Activity
As a reminder, the Plan will also include an overall focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, and resilience, with overall strategies as well as strategies tied to the priorities.
After the initial groundwork is complete, priority teams composed of individuals and representatives of organizations who frequently work to address these issues will convene to provide additional guidance around potential goals, strategies and measures.
The Plan is intended to be a reflection of and a resource to all communities throughout Wisconsin. In the next update, we will provide you with an opportunity to share feedback and the strategies you're using to measure progress in addressing these issues and the challenges you have faced. We are interested in learning about successful approaches that could be expanded upon and shared with others.
June 16, 2016
State Health Improvement Plan Priorities
Thanks to the feedback, collaboration, and ongoing involvement of people throughout Wisconsin, we continue to move through the Wisconsin Health Improvement Planning Process. As we work to finalize the State Health Assessment and incorporate the feedback we gathered from the public, we are now transitioning to the State Health Improvement Plan.
We have continued to build on the framework of Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 (HW2020), as well as ongoing collaborative work, to identify the health issues facing Wisconsin. The Steering Committee has thoughtfully worked through the issues that were submitted and has identified the following priorities for the State Health Improvement Plan:
- Alcohol Abuse
- Nutrition and Physical Activity
- Opioid Abuse
There will also be an overall focus on Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), trauma, and resilience, with both overall strategies and strategies tied to the priorities.
The Plan is intended to be a reflection of and a resource to all communities throughout Wisconsin. There will be opportunities to view the Plan through different perspectives, including but not limited to geographic, socioeconomic, and racial or ethnic diversity, as well as aging. We hope everyone can find ways to align and connect with the State Health Improvement Plan.
In the coming days, there will be an opportunity to provide feedback on the priorities. We will also ask you to share your stories of success in addressing these issues, the challenges you have faced, and the measures you use to improve health in Wisconsin. Stay tuned for this opportunity to share your thoughts and experiences. We look forward to hearing from you and incorporating your voice in this important process.
May 11, 2016
Thank you for your feedback!
Thank you for taking the time to review the Wisconsin State Health Assessment and provide thoughtful feedback. We are so grateful to those of you who helped spread the word about this draft to other partners and stakeholders throughout Wisconsin - we received over 175 responses!
Stay tuned for more information on the feedback we received and for updates on the Wisconsin State Health Assessment.
Coming soon: Opportunities for feedback on the proposed priorities.
April 25, 2016
Wisconsin State Health Assessment Posted
The Wisconsin State Health Assessment is now available online in draft form for review and comment. This is an important opportunity to identify and address the health needs of people in Wisconsin. The Assessment is based on the framework of Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 and will be used to help guide the selection of priorities for the upcoming State Health Improvement Plan.
Given the collaborative nature of this process, we need your input! Please review the draft health section of the State Health Assessment and complete the online survey to provide your feedback. The open comment period will run through May 10, 2016.
As a reminder, this version of the assessment is still a draft. Content may be added or modified based on additional information obtained by subject matter experts and public feedback. One it is compiled, the final State Health Assessment will be made available online.
To access the draft documents and the survey for sharing your comments, please use the following links:
Wisconsin Health Assessment
March 4, 2016
Process Update: Where are we and how did we get here?
The Wisconsin State Health Assessment will soon be posted on this site and shared with communities across the state. Soon after, a list of themes that have emerged from the Assessment will be posted. Next, the Steering Committee will review input from the public and subject matter experts and make a final recommendation on the priorities to be included in the Wisconsin Health Improvement Plan. The priorities will also be posted to the website and shared with communities, at which point we will collect input on community-driven measures, strategies, and lessons learned to help guide the development and implementation of the improvement plan.
The Health Assessment
A health assessment is data informed, but community driven. It is important to remember that Wisconsin’s assessment is built on the foundation of the state health plan, Healthiest Wisconsin 2020, and the many other assessments and reports that have surveyed and discussed the state’s health since 2010.
Some of the community driven repositories of data include:
- Healthiest Wisconsin 2020
Healthiest Wisconsin 2020: Everyone Living Better, Longer represents the third decade of statewide community health improvement planning designed to benefit the health of everyone in Wisconsin and the communities in which we live, play, work, and learn.
More than 1,500 people from all walks of life gave of their time to advise, create, and engage in the development of this plan. It took a community of partners to create this plan, and it will take many more to implement it over the decade.
- Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 Baseline and Health Disparities Report
This report provides baseline data for the health focus areas in Healthiest Wisconsin 2020. It also provides information to document a range of health disparities found for some of the populations and communities in Wisconsin.
- Community Health Assessments, Community Health Improvement Plans, and Community Health Needs Assessments
Since 1993, Wisconsin State Statutes have required communities throughout Wisconsin to develop and implement local health plans to address health conditions affecting their residents. This process has been referred to as the "Community Health Improvement Process," named partly due to the resulting health status changes in a community and the people who live there. The University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute worked with communities to identify “eight key health priorities that were featured in more than 30% of the health needs assessments reviewed.”
- Public Health Profiles
Public Health Profiles are published annually and provide concise health and demographic information about each county in Wisconsin.
- America’s Health Rankings
America’s Health Rankings Annual Report “compares each state’s health with that of all other states for a single year.” It provides “a year-to-year snapshot of state health”.
- County Health Rankings
The Rankings are based on a model of population health that emphasizes the many factors that, if improved, can help make communities healthier places to live, learn, work and play. Building on the work of America's Health Rankings, the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute has used this model to rank the health of Wisconsin’s counties every year since 2003.
February 1, 2016
Questions and Answers with Karen McKeown, WI-HIPP Steering Committee Co-Chair
Our first newsfeed entry is a Q&A with Karen McKeown, the Division of Public Health Administrator and our State Health Officer.
Q: What excites you most about WI-HIPP?
A: This is a fantastic opportunity to really focus our efforts to improve health in Wisconsin. We are identifying a manageable set of priorities that people from around our state can get behind. When we talk about this with our partners, there is such enthusiasm; we all want to make a difference, and this is a chance to move the needle.
Q: How will you measure success?
A: Once we identify priorities to work on, we’ll be picking the actual numbers we want to track to measure our success. We’ll also want to track our progress on our issues compared to other states.
Q: How does WI-HIPP fit within Healthiest Wisconsin?
A: As our 10-year state health plan, Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 provides a wide menu of health areas to work on. Through WI-HIPP, we’ll be picking just a few priority issues to focus on. By getting a lot of people to work on these few issues, we are confident we’ll have a bigger impact for health!
Q: What is the role of the Steering Committee?
A: The Steering Committee will be recommending the priorities for improving health. The Committee is made up of people from different backgrounds and all parts of our state. They bring their perspectives and wisdom to the group, and share a deep commitment to improving health.
Q: What can others do to get involved in WI-HIPP?
A: WI-HIPP belongs to everyone in Wisconsin! We hope you will sign up on the website to receive updates, and get the word out to your friends and colleagues as well. There will be opportunities to provide input throughout the planning process. And putting the plan together is just the first step. After that, we’ll be inviting everyone to take a look at the plan, and see what you can do yourself, in your family, and in your community to help ensure that everyone in Wisconsin can live better, longer.