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Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)

Wisconsin State Statutes requires each local health department to complete a community health assessment (CHA) at least every five years and develop a community health improvement plan (CHIP) based on that assessment. The Marinette County Community Health Improvement Plans strive to interface with the current state health plan, Healthiest Wisconsin 2020 (HW2020) and the national plan, and the current national plan, Healthy People 2020.  To learn more about the community health improvement process, please visit: health-infrastructure/performance-improvement/community-health-assessment.
Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) and implementation strategies are also required every three years of tax-exempt hospitals as a result of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. These requirements spur regular health assessments and foster creative collaborative strategies to improve the health of communities. They also provide an opportunity to improve coordination of hospital community benefits programs to align with other local efforts to improve community health. Therefore, Marinette County Public Health, Aurora Health Care, and Provident Health Foundation will be collaborating in 2022 to conduct a comprehensive Community Health Assessment (CHA).  Marinette County Public Health is excited and looks forward to this collaboration for years to come!
Beginning now, Marinette/Menominee County residents can have their voices heard, through two community surveys: 
  1. JKV Research, an independent research firm that specializes in community surveys, and Management Decisions (phone number 414-774-0623), will be making calls to cell phones and landlines until they have reached 400 people allowing for results to be projectable to the county. The anonymous survey will take about 15 minutes to complete.
  2. An online survey will be available to anyone who lives or works in Marinette/Menominee County: Community Health Online Survey This anonymous survey will take about 5 minutes to complete. 

No one will ask for identifying information, such as social security number, banking account numbers, or other personal identifiers during the surveys. Questions will focus on issues such as access to primary care, health care coverage, substance use, smoking, vaping, nutrition, physical activity, cancer prevention, injury prevention, immunizations, children’s health, mental health, and chronic disease. Results will be released to the public in summer 2022.
The community health surveys are aimed at meeting several objectives:
  • Gathering local data to document health status related to the health priorities established by the state health plan.
  • Identifying local health behaviors or risk factors that present opportunities for health promotion and health care cost reduction.
  • Tracking the success of community health improvement activities.
  • Allowing local health partners to document population health indicators to help guide health improvement efforts to improve community health in Marinette/Menominee County.   
To learn more about the 2022 CHA, please click here to see our recent press release. 
Marinette County Public Health Reports:
2013 - 2018 Community Health Improvement and Assessment Plan 
2018-2023 Community Health Assessment 
2018-2023 Community Health Improvement Plan 
Alcohol and Other Drugs of Abuse (AODA)
Mental Health
COVID-19 Community Resources 04-03-2020 

Nutrition and Physical Activity
Physical Activity Resource Guide 3-14-22