The Douglas County Community Health Improvement Plan, also known as CHIP, is an
initiative to improve the health and well-being of Douglas County residents.
CHIP is a three year plan lead by community organizations. The plan addresses four main priorities:
- Access to Health Services Across the Lifespan - Assure access to quality healthcare and public health services across Douglas County by increasing the number of residents who are knowledgeable consumers of the Affordable Care Act’s Health Insurance Marketplace, and by promoting community-wide strategies to increase health equity through culturally competent and linguistically appropriate service (CLAS) standards and healthcare providers.
- Nutrition and Obesity Across the Lifespan - Maximize a supportive nutritional food system and built environment through coordinated nutritional safety net providers, unified strategies, policies and interventions that result in more residents who participate in and access community and supplemental nutritional programs; and safely use the built environment regardless of age, ability, and mode of transportation.
- Violence, Safety and Injury in Children and Adolescents - Provide a safe and healthy environment to prevent/reduce injury and death due to youth violence, accidents, and traumatic experiences. This would be accomplished by implementing a behavioral health rapid response plan that trains community members on how to intervene to address and prevent violence, and provides routine behavioral health screening for exposure to violence and referral services for all children/adolescents.
- Behavioral Health Across the Lifespan - Make sure all citizens know about and have access to a fully integrated system of sufficient behavioral health and primary care services and resources by identifying gaps in the behavioral health workforce; and developing a public plan to inform policy issues that address reimbursement for behavioral health services, and a community-wide behavioral health screening and referral protocol.
To learn more about the Community Health Improvement Plan,