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Community Health Improvement Partners (CHIP) was initially formed in 1995 to meet the requirements of California Senate Bill 697 a law that required private, non-profit hospitals to conduct a triennial community needs assessment.

Since then, CHIP has become known as an innovate think tank for a wide range of public health issues. CHIP staff manages volunteer work teams and public-private partnerships that address the critical healthcare issues identified in our triennial needs assessment through model projects that unify the community and effectively share resources.

With the core functions of assessment; outreach; education and advocacy; program development; and collaboration, CHIP currently has more than 20 programs, initiatives and work groups-many working with persons of diverse social economic status and cultural backgrounds. As a neutral convener, CHIP has mastered the ability to bring together multiple agencies, organizations and individuals in a unique partnership with the expectation that partners set aside their own agendas and work corroboratively for the benefit of the community-at-large.

How We Work: (BACK TO TOP)

CHIP achieves its mission and goals by working through initiatives, programs and affiliated programs. CHIP forms initiatives, coalitions or work teams on an ongoing basis based on the results of our triennial community needs assessment. These collaborative groups are made up representatives from public agencies, healthcare providers, community-based organization, institutes of higher learning, and businesses. CHIP works within these groups to help identify or implement strategies that address service gaps that affect public health. CHIP Programs are the resulting goal-oriented projects that derive from the planning and leadership of CHIP's many initiatives.

Similar to CHIP Initiatives, CHIP Affiliated programs also work in collaboration with public and private partners and address needs outlined in our triennial needs assessment. However, unlike CHIP Initiatives, Affiliate programs were initiated outside of CHIP, and for efficiency purposes, CHIP has been contracted to manage these work groups and programs.

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News and Current Events

  • CHIP is hiring a project director for the Chula Vista Healthy Start Collaborative. This project, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), will create healthy food and physical activity environments for Latino children aged 0-5 in the community of Western Chula Vista. The director will oversee all aspects of the project including project management, planning and implementation; public and community relations; partner and contractor relations; project staff; fundraising; evaluation activities; and contract management. Click here for more information.
  • The Suicide Prevention Council is proud to release its first ever "Report to the Community," along with debut of outreach video encouraging San Diegans to be a part of the solution. Check out the video below! To view the full report , Click Here
  • The 2nd Annual Let's Go Local! Produce Showcase will be held on Friday, October 24 from 2 - 5 p.m. at The Ranch, 441 Saxony Road, Encinitas, CA 92024. If you want to buy or sell local produce, this is the event! For more information and to register, click here
  • Congratulations to the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative on their Farm to School efforts in San Diego County region. The program released a new State of Farm to School Report that reveals the strong local food movement in schools. Click here to download a copy.
  • Check Your Mood San Diego Depression Screening Week is October 6-12, 2014. During this week, residents of San Diego County over the age of 18 will have the opportunity to visit designated sites to receive a free, anonymous, depression screening, and learn about the signs and symptoms of depression, anxiety disorder, postpartum depression and other topics related to depression.  Click here for more information.
  • The Independent Living Association online directory is now available! The Independent Living Association is a collaborative community wide effort focused on supporting Independent Living owners, residents, and the community by promoting high quality Independent Livings. Click Here to view the directory.

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