In October, 1994, California governor Pete Wilson signed into law senate bill 697 (SB 697) which created a new mandate for not-for-profit, private hospitals to develop a community benefit report to justify their tax-exempt status. In San Diego, a diverse group of hospital and community stakeholders were called together at the invitation of Robert K. Ross, M.D., former Director of the County of San Diego Department of Health Services; F. Douglas Scutchfield, M.D., former Director of the Graduate School of Public Health at SDSU; and William H. Moseley, former President / CEO of the Hospital Council of San Diego and Imperial Counties. The goal was to:

1.     Develop a proactive, collaborative approach to satisfy the SB 697 requirements; and

2.     Do something which would positively impact the health status of San Diego County.

The CHIP Needs Assessment Work Team has produced the cumulative report every three years (1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007, and 2010) and has evolved to not only far exceed the state requirements but to be broadly utilized by health care organizations, libraries, businesses, policymakers and others who have an interest in the health of San Diego County in order to plan, implement and justify their programs and services.

Click here: to view the 2010, 2007, 2004, 2001, and 1998 Needs Assessment Reports

Committee Leadership:

  • Anette Blatt, Scripps Health, Co-Chair
  • James Beaubeaux, San Diego County Medical Society, Co-Chair
  • Other Committee Members:  Click here for a list of the CHIP Program Partners

Meeting Information:

The Needs Assessment Committee Meets on the fourth Thursday of the month from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm at the new CHIP Offices (9370 Chesapeake Drive, Suite 220, San Diego, CA 92123).

Next Meeting:  May 26, 2011

Regional Charting the Course VI Presentations:

Join us for a presentation of the results of CHIP's "Charting the Course VI: A San Diego Community Health Needs Assessment":  San Diego County stakeholders and community members are invited to attend Regional presentations to share the results of the  Community Health Improvement Partners, CHARTING THE COURSE VI: A San Diego Community Health Needs Assessment.  Based on a comprehensive, year-long community prioritization process, the following health issues top the list:

  1. Access to health services;
  2. Social determinants of health;
  3. Weight status, nutrition and physical activity;
  4. Injury and violence; and
  5. Mental health.

Charting the Course provides a resource for the entire community of San Diego County.  The report aims to guide individuals, agencies, and institutions in identifying community health needs and concerns and to be the basis upon which community health programs and interventions can be targeted, developed and evaluated. The ultimate goal of the report is to empower the community to improve the health of its members.

During August and September of last year, many of you participated in Regional Forums to provide feedback about some of the root causes of these health issues in your communities.   Please join us to hear the results of this exciting process, and to discuss what mechanisms exist to wrap around these persistent health problems as a whole community.

Who should attend: health service providers, educators, civic groups, faith community, prevention and treatment specialists, PTA, community members.

For questions, contact Holly (Shipp) Salazar at 858-609-7966 or hsalazar@sdchip.org.  To view a copy of Charting the Course VI, click here, or go to www.sdchip.org


Regional Presentations, Dates, and Locations:

**Each presentation will include Region-specific results**


East Region

Monday, June 6, 2011


National University - La Mesa Campus

7787 Alvarado Road

La Mesa, CA 91942


North Coastal Region

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


National University - Carlsbad Campus

705 Palomar Airport Road, Suite 150

Carlsbad, CA 92011

North Inland Region

Thursday, June 16, 2011


First United Methodist Church - Social Hall

341 Kalmia Street

Escondido, CA 92025

Central Region

Friday, June 17, 2011


Malcom X Library

5148 Market Street

San Diego, CA 92114

South Region

Monday, June 20, 011


National University - South Bay Campus

660 Bay Boulevard, Suite 110

Chula Vista, CA 91910

North Central Region

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


National University - Kearny Mesa Campus

3678 Aero Court

San Diego, CA 92123

To assure adequate space for attendees, please RSVP to Tracey Stevens at tstevens@sdchip.org

Click here to access Past Meeting Information

For detailed information on the CHIP Needs Assessment process click here

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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.
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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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