Health begins where we live, learn, work, and play. Our opportunity for health starts long before we need medical care. All Americans should have the opportunity to make the choices that allow them to live a long, healthy life, regardless of income, education, or ethnic background. (Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)
Our community is working together to improve health and wellness in Austin/Travis County.
Community members, partners, and stakeholders are working together to address health issues where we live, learn, work, and play. Events were convened where Community members discussed what improvements they would like to see. This process and its findings are summarized in the Community Health Assessment (CHA). Using the community’s feedback, a comprehensive Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) was drafted. Partners and stakeholders throughout Austin/ Travis County are working on the CHIP’s strategies and objectives with the shared goal of making measurable progress in each area. Some of the Partners critical to the CHIP’s success include:
Travis County Health and Human Services and Veteran’s Services
St. David’s Foundation
Seton Healthcare Family
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Heath Austin Regional Campus
Austin/ Travis County Integral Care
Community involvement and engagement is critical throughout the entire CHA/CHIP process. CHA/CHIP partners present the progress of the CHIP on an ongoing basis and Austin/Travis County community based organizations can request presentation. If you are interested in getting involved or want to request, a presentation please contact us by sending an email or by calling 512-972-5862.
Community Health Assessment (CHA)
A Community Heath Assessment (CHA) engages community members and local public health system partners to collect and analyze health-related data from many sources. Three critical tasks are accomplished through the Community Health Assessment:
Informs community decision-making;
Prioritizes health problems; and
Assists in the development and implementation of community health improvement plans.
Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)
A Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is an action-oriented plan that outlines the community health issues based on CHA findings. The community and partners work together to identify how issues will be addressed and how to measure progress. Ultimately, the long-term goal is to improve the community’s health. (Source: National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO))
CHA/CHIP Alignment with Imagine Austin, the City of Austin’s 30 year plan
This CHIP syncs with Imagine Austin's Healthy Austin objectives related to food access, transportation, the built environment, obesity, and access to healthcare.