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)


Austin/Travis County Community Health Plan


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:

  • Ascension Seton
  • Austin Public Health
  • Austin Transportation Department
  • Baylor Scott & White Health
  • Capital Metro
  • Central Health
  • Integral Care
  • St. David’s Foundation
  • Travis County Health and Human Services
  • The University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School
  • The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston School of Public Health in Austin

Get Involved!

Community involvement and engagement is critical throughout the entire CHA/CHIP process. Partners present the progress of the CHIP on an ongoing basis and Austin/Travis County community-based organizations can request presentations. If you are interested in getting involved or want to request, a presentation please contact us by sending an email to

Partners can access contact lists, upcoming events, partner announcements, and workgroup documents through our Partner SharePoint Site. To request access, please email

Community Health Plan

The Community Health Plan is comprised of two major initiatives: our assessment phase and our implementation phase which has now moved from a five-year cycle to a three-year cycle. This process includes the completion of a CHA and a CHIP and includes our annual action plans.

A CHA engages community members and local public health system partners to collect and analyze health-related data from many sources.

  • Informs community decision-making
  • Prioritizes health problems
  • Assists in the development and implementation of community health improvement plans

A 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.

Access Community Health Planning Purpose, Process, documents and resources.