The Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department received a $35,000 grant (from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the National Association of County and City Health Officials) to complete a model community health improvement process.

Community Heath Assessment (CHA) engages community members and local public health system partners to collect and analyze health-related data from many sources. It informs community decision-making; prioritizes health problems; and assists in the development and implementation of community health improvement plans.

A Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is an action-oriented plan that outlines the priority 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. The long-term goal is to ultimately improve the community’s health. (Source: National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

Travis County Health & Human Services and Veterans Service is actively collaborating with ATCHHSD and foresees deriving many important outcomes from this collaborative undertaking, they include: Establishing mutual goals in Planning for the Public Health Interlocal Agreement; data resources; serving as a vehicle for community engagement; and, in-depth demographics and community planning for future plans and reports in order to ensure informed decision-making.

“Your health is our community’s wealth.” Health Talk with Shannon Jones

Community Development Block Grant

P.O. Box 1748
Austin, TX

Phone: (512) 854-3460


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