Wisconsin Health Improvement Planning Process (WI-HIPP)

Spotlight: Introducing Healthy Wisconsin

What is Healthy Wisconsin?

The Wisconsin Health Improvement Planning Process (or WI-HIPP) has transitioned from “process” to “plan” – the State Health Assessment and State Health Improvement Plan.

  • Healthy Wisconsin includes both a state health assessment and improvement plan to help communities identify strategies to make Wisconsin healthier.
  • Led by a steering committee representing Wisconsin communities and leaders, nearly two dozen health concerns were considered before the committee identified five key health priorities for Healthy Wisconsin:
    • Alcohol
    • Nutrition and physical activity
    • Opioids
    • Suicide
    • Tobacco
  • The committee also recognized the need to build awareness around the effect Adverse Childhood Experiences can have on health.
  • 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.

Next steps for Healthy Wisconsin;

  • We will be enlisting help from the public, along with insights from people working closely on these issues, to seek and gain commitments to proceed with specific activities and specific interventions.
  • We will also be working together to develop practical strategies for success through teams which we are calling Priority Action Teams.
  • These teams are currently being formed with external community partners to develop practical strategies for success, track each priority plan’s success and to report on progress to the Public Health Council, which is a Governor appointed council, periodically through December 2019. The Council is statutorily charged with monitoring and advising on the implementation of the state health plan. 
  • The Division of Public Health has also formed internal Priority Action Teams, which are working to align the Division with the state health improvement plan.


The Department of Health Services (DHS) is required to produce a state health plan for the people of Wisconsin at least every 10 years (Wisconsin Statutes section 250.07(1)(a)), known as Healthiest Wisconsin. These plans, developed with the help of partners and communities from around the state, have served as a public health roadmap for the last three decades. Together, we will work toward the vision of "Everyone Living Better, Longer."

In the fall of 2015, DHS began developing a five-year health improvement plan through the Wisconsin Health Improvement Planning Process (WI-HIPP) that will meet national accreditation standards. This health improvement plan builds on the foundation of the current state health plan, Healthiest Wisconsin 2020, which was created through the efforts of more than 1,500 people. WI-HIPP also built on the work done by local health departments and hospitals in community health assessments and improvement plans throughout the state. The planning process was used to create a state health assessment and a state health improvement plan:

  • The Wisconsin Health Assessment provides an overview of the health of the people of Wisconsin and summarizes the data that guided the selection of the five priorities for the state health improvement plan.
  • The Wisconsin Health Improvement Plan focuses on these priorities and works to create and support solutions for better health, with strategies and measures, for collective action by public health partners across Wisconsin.

Our goal is to continue to build upon the community efforts of HW2020 to improve health in every Wisconsin community. This process needs you and your input. Through this webpage, webinars, and other activities in the community, we will seek your feedback and support in implementing Wisconsin’s public health plan.

For more information about WI-HIPP and how you can get involved:

Email: DHSHW2020@dhs.wisconsin.gov

Last Revised: March 12, 2021