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The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) Network is made up of people who are interested in making our region a healthier, more equitable place to live, work, and play.  The CHIP Network’s vision is that all residents of Franklin County and the North Quabbin Region will have the opportunity to pursue healthy lifestyles, to participate in shaping the systems that affect their health, and to achieve social, emotional, physical, and spiritual well-being.

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The CHIP Network collaborates to:

  • Identify priority health needs and disparities and the factors that contribute to them
  • Build on our strengths by identifying current resources in the community to address priority health issues
  • Identify and support the implementation of effective strategies for addressing priority health needs
  • Reduce gaps and duplication in services
  • Increase our collective ability to secure resources to improve health in our region

The Network meets several times each year to hear updates from the CHIP work groups and to learn from people who are making our region a healthier, more equitable place to live, work, and play.

The CHIP Network was established in 2016 with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and has been sustained with funding from Baystate Health, the Massachusetts Community Health and Healthy Aging Funds, and the MA Office of Rural Health.

To subscribe to the CHIP email list, or get connected with CHIP working groups, contact Jen Audley.

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We are in the implementation phase for the 2021-2023 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP).

2021-2023 Working Group Goals

Below are the primary goals for the 2021-2023 CHIP Plan.  Each area has a workgroup from within the larger network who collaborate to move the goals forward.

Community Supports for Young People

Goal: Support and strengthen the Communities That Care Coalition in its efforts to delay the age at first use of addictive substances for all youth, with a particular focus on those disproportionately affected, including LGBTQ youth, youth of color, youth from families with low incomes and DCF-involved youth.

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Mental Wellness and Resilience

Goal: Increase individual and collective resiliency by building the capacity of peers and community-based groups to strengthen social connectedness for those experiencing depression and/or anxiety.

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Active Living and Healthy Eating

Goal: Support the FRCOG’s Transportation and Open Space & Recreation planning efforts, Mass in Motion, Age-Friendly Franklin County, and food justice and systems change initiatives to continue to evolve the built environment to reduce barriers to active living and healthy eating.

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Resources

Materials from CHIP Network Meetings

Publications

The 2017–2020 plan prioritized 22 distinct evidence-based strategies with 79 associated activities to improve health outcomes for people in Franklin…

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Jen Audley

CHIP Coordinator
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Phoebe Walker

Director of Community Services
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