In June 2015, the Imperial County Public Health Department, together with local stakeholders, community members and advocates came together to participate in a Community Health Assessment (CHA) to gain an understanding of health priorities in Imperial County.
The CHA collected a variety of information about the local public health system, the community’s health, and forces that may affect health now and in the future. The CHA was designed to:
- offer information on strengths and gaps between the community's current landscape and the community's vision,
- provide information on strategic issues that should be addressed, and
- serve as a platform in the formation of strategies and goals.
Using the information collected through the CHA process, this collaborative of partners (now known as the Community Health Improvement Partnership) developed the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). This was the first time a comprehensive and collaborative process was completed in the community, and as such, received enthusiasm, broad commitment, and support.
The Local Health Authority adopted the Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Planning processes as indicators of where to focus and align work through its own Strategic Plan.