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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

  • Congratulations to the San Diego County Childhood Obesity Initiative on their Farm to School efforts in San Diego County region. The third annual State of Farm to School Report in San Diego County reveals strong growth in farm to school activities. Click here to download a full copy.
  • Health Literacy San Diego, a project of CHIP and the San Diego Council on Literacy, released a new report titled, Improving Health Communications, A Collaborative Plan to Address Health Literacy in San Diego County.  Click here for the full report.
  • CHIP now has a food systems blog! Check out the blog at: CHIP Food Systems Blog to learn about the major happenings in the Farm to School Taskfroce as well as CHIP's many other food systems activities.
  • 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.
  • The Suicide Prevention Council is proud to release its second annual "Report to the Community." Check out last year's video below! To view the full 2015 report , Click Here

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CHIP now has a food systems blog!


The blog will cover major happenings in the Farm to School Taskforce as well as CHIP's many other food systems activities including the Nutrition in Healthcare Leadership Team, events like the Let's Go Local! Produce Showcase, and many projects we are working on behind the scenes in partnership with local, state, and national food systems advocates.


Here is a link to the blog: CHIP Food Systems Blog

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