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A Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is a plan made for a set period of time (3-5 years), based on the results of a community health needs assessment (CHNA). Creating and implementing a CHIP brings together resources and people to work “upstream” — addressing the root causes of health issues by making lasting changes to environments, policies, and systems.

The 2021-2023 CHIP Report covers the region’s second CHIP, a 3-year plan that focused on addressing high priority health needs identified in Baystate Franklin Medical Center’s 2019 Community Health Needs Assessment: reducing youth substance use, increasing mental wellness and resilience, and removing barriers to active living and healthy eating.

The report documents the collective impact of activities implemented by municipalities and health-promoting organizations in Franklin County and the North Quabbin region, and the efforts of four CHIP subcommittees, the CHIP steering committee, and a housing-focused project.

View Report (PDF, 2.6 MB)
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