Community Health Assessment and Improvement Plan

Clark County Public Health is undergoing a community health assessment (CHA) and developing a community health improvement plan (CHIP). This process will support a vision where Clark County residents are active and resilient, and where healthy families and people of all ages, abilities and cultures are living, learning, working and playing in thriving communities. Public Health’s mission is to collaborate with partners to protect and improve the health of and the environment for all people in Clark County. Conducting a comprehensive community health assessment and developing a community-driven and community-owned community health improvement plan is a critical step toward achieving our mission and our vision.

This process will be guided by the National Association of County and City Health Officials Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships framework, which provides a structure for communities to assess their most pressing population health issues and align resources across sectors for strategic action. It emphasizes the integral role of broad stakeholders and community engagement; the need for policy, systems and environmental change; and alignment of community resources toward shared goals. Public Health will take a community-owned systems thinking approach that considers the complex and evolving challenges faced uniquely by our county.

Guided by principles of equity, inclusion, trusted relationships and community power, Public Health’s work will look upstream to the root causes of health inequities and plan for specific, strategic and collaborative action to improve community health and well-being.

What is the CHA?

The community health assessment (CHA) identifies health and health-related needs of a community through comprehensive data collection and analysis. The process includes identifying key community partners who can provide important insight into community strengths and needs, collecting input from community members and organizations, reviewing relevant secondary health indicators, and synthesizing gleaned information to create the community health improvement plan.

What is the CHIP?

The community health improvement plan (CHIP) prioritizes community health needs and includes recommendations and strategies for improving health through leveraging existing resources and partnerships.

Project timeline

Public Health is partnering with a consultant firm, Rede Group, to support facilitation, technical assistance, and project management for the community health assessment and community health improvement plan efforts. Public Health, with support from Rede Group, will then build on the critical community-led work to design the community health improvement plan to develop an internal department strategic plan (SP). 

December 2022 activities:
  • Develop project plan and timeline
  • Develop communication materials
  • Draft community steering committee charter, memorandums of understanding, and criteria for inclusion
  • Review existing assessments and data sources to identify gaps
  • Begin community steering committee recruitment

Data and assessments

To learn more about how Clark County Public Health uses data to inform population-level health improvements, visit our Health Assessment and Evaluation webpage. Many community partners also collect and analyze data to inform strategic and community-level plans. Expand the box below for information on current community plans and assessments. 

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