Community Health Improvement Plan

Improving Health Through Planning & Partnerships

What is a Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)?

Improving community health is not something that any one agency or organization can accomplish. It involves planning and collective action to generate solutions to community-wide issues. The regional CHIP for Jackson and Josephine Counties was completed in June 2019. 

A Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is a community-based blueprint for improving population health and health system performance. It lays out a long-term, strategic effort to address health-related issues in the community. It looks beyond individual organizations' priorities and actions, and instead outlines ways multiple organizations will contribute to addressing the community's priorities to improve overall community health and well-being.

The CHIP is developed after conducting a Community Health Assessment (CHA) and is informed by the CHA results. The CHA provides data and information to identify community health issues which are then prioritized by the community. The CHIP is used to describe how community stakeholders will address the health priorities identified through the CHA.

What are some of the benefits of a regional CHIP?

  • Collective impact to achieve improved community health
  • Improved organizational and community coordination and collaboration, stronger partnerships, and strengthened partnership structures
  • Increased visibility of efforts
  • Increased public health system resiliency to adapt to change and tackle a variety of issues
  • Sharing of best practices, successes, and lessons learned
  • Increased efficiency in use of resources


Our communities are healthy, inclusive, engaged, and empowered. Everyone lives in an environment that supports health, and has access to the resources they need for well-being.


  • Equity. Committing to tackling root causes of inequity to ensure health and well-being are within everyone’s reach.
  • Inclusive Community Voice. Engaging diverse populations and perspectives to keep community voice central throughout our process.
  • Collaboration. Working together respectfully to seek common ground and build meaningful partnerships for the benefit of the community.
  • Accountability. Meeting responsibilities to partners and the community by acting with transparency and integrity.
  • Communication. Communicating openly, honestly, and respectfully with partners and the public.

Core Team

  • Ryan Bair, Rogue Community Health
  • Andrea Krause, Jackson County Public Health
  • Carrie Prechtel, AllCare Health
  • Sarah Small, Options for Southern Oregon
  • Maria Underwood, La Clinica
  • Angela Warren, Jefferson Regional Health Alliance
  • Caryn Wheeler, OSU Extension Service

Steering Committee

  • Addictions Recovery Center: Danni Swafford
  • AllCare Health: Sam Engel, Carrie Prechtel
  • Asante: Kimberly Schauer
  • ColumbiaCare Services: TBD
  • Jackson Care Connect: Nancy McKinnis, Samantha Watson
  • Jackson County Public Health: Jackson Baures, Andrea Krause
  • Jackson County Mental Health: Stacy Brubaker
  • Josephine County Public Health: Audrey Tiberio
  • Jefferson Regional Health Alliance: Angela Warren
  • Kairos: TBD
  • La Clinica: Maria Underwood
  • OnTrack Rogue Valley: Eddie Wallace
  • Options for Southern Oregon: Sarah Small
  • Oregon Health Authority: Belle Shepherd, Bevin Hansell
  • OSU Extension Service: Caryn Wheeler
  • Providence Health & Services: Jessica Wynant, Joseph Icther
  • Rogue Community Health: Ryan Bair, Karen Elliott
  • Siskiyou Community Health Center: Kristen Miller MD
  • Southern Oregon Veterans Rehab. Center & Clinics: TBD

Workgroup Co-Chairs

  • Behavioral Health & Well-Being (mental health & substance use):  Danni Swafford, Audrey Tiberio
  • Families Matter (parenting support & life skills): Autumn Chadbourne, Nancy McKinnis
  • Housing for All (safe, affordable, accessible, appropriate):  Angela Durant, Sam Engel