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Community Health Plan

Every five years, local health departments are required by the State of Wisconsin to assess the health of their community in order to improve upon it.  This process is called the Community Health Improvement Process.  The community health assessment helps to identify and measure health problems in the community through data collection and analysis and input from community stakeholders and members. Following the community health assessment, a community health improvement plan is developed.  The community health improvement plan is based off the twelve health priorities identified in Healthiest Wisconsin 2020.  


After reviewing data in all twelve health focus areas (Alcohol and Other Drugs (AODA), Chronic Disease, Communicable Disease, Environmental and Occupational Health, Healthy Growth and Development, Injury and Violence, Mental Health, Nutrition and Healthy Foods, Oral Health, Physical Activity, Reproductive and Sexual Health and Tobacco), the three that were identified to work on during the assessment process are the following:

  • AODA
  • Chronic Disease
  • Mental Health

As a new initiative, Forest, Oneida and Vilas County Health Departments are working together with Ministry Health Care (Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital, Ministry Saint Mary’s Hospital and Howard Young Medical Center) to complete this process. This was done as an effort to create a larger collective impact since many of the same community agencies and organizations serve populations in each of the three counties.  

Forest, Oneida and Vilas counties have worked together to develop the 2017 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). This is accomplished by assessing the needs of our communities as a whole, and developing a plan to address those needs.

Please view this video to learn more about what we are doing and what you can do to help build a healthy community! 

Reports and Documents:

2019 Annual Reports:

Community Health Improvement Plan 2017 - 2020 (without coalition resources)

Community Health Improvement Plan Summary Handout 2017

2016 Community Needs Assessment Report

Report on Community Survey 2016

Data-in-a-Day Presentations_12-11-15:

12 Focus Area Infographics

Do you want to make a difference within your community?  We have individuals, partners and coalitions who work on the three health priorities of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse (AODA), Chronic Disease and Mental Health in many capacities.  We invite you or your agency to actively do the same. Here’s how:

  • Volunteering to participate on one of our coalitions (see below). 
  • Partner on future community initiatives that promote our initiatives.  
  • Share the plan with others.
  • Have the health plan presented at a staff or agency meeting.
  • Be an advocate for your health and that of you family’s health.

For more information or to join a coalition, call 715-479-3656.

Did you know that where you live, learn, work, and play affects your health? Look at the CDC website at The Social Determinants of Health: Know What Affects Health for data, tools, programs and policies.