Healthy Chicago 2025

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Healthy Chicago 2025 is Chicago’s five-year community health improvement plan that focuses on racial and health equity to meet our goal of reducing the Black-white life expectancy gap. Watch the Healthy Chicago 2025 launch event:

Downloadable versions with captions (.flv): English | Spanish

The Chicago Department of Public Health’s commitment:

  • To close the racial life expectancy gap, people affected by inequities must have power to decide how we measure and monitor our city’s progress.
  • Share resources, credit, results and knowledge as we identify community needs and assets, conduct research and analyze data.

 Download and read the Healthy Chicago 2025 Report.  

Read the Report in Spanish, Polish, and Chinese


Healthy Chicago 2025, launched on September 17, 2020, reflects the work of hundreds of community members and organizations to assess the current status of our communities and organizations and develop approaches to strengthen neighborhood vitality and system coordination.

Healthy Chicago 2025 assessment was led by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) in collaboration with the Partnership for Healthy Chicago, a coalition of over 40 stakeholders representing the broad spectrum of Chicago’s public health system. Healthy Chicago 2025 followed the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships framework, developed by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association for County and City Health Officials.

Healthy Chicago 2025 Vision: A city where all people and all communities have power, are free from oppression and are strengthened by equitable access to resources, environments and opportunities that promote optimal health and well-being.

Healthy Chicago 2025 Themes:

  • Transform policies and processes to foster anti-racist, multicultural systems
  • Strengthen community capacity and youth leadership
  • Improve systems of care for populations most affected by inequities
  • Further the health and vibrancy of neighborhoods

Healthy Chicago 2025 Priority Areas:

  • Housing
  • Food Access
  • Environment
  • Public Safety
  • Neighborhood Planning and Development
  • Health and Human Services
  • Public Health Systems Organizations

Healthy Chicago 2025 Priority Populations, include:

  • Black Chicagoans
  • Latinx Chicagoans
  • Low-income Chicagoans
  • Communities disproportionately burdened by pollution
  • Disinvested and gentrifying communities

Please join with CDPH, the Partnership and our many other stakeholders and partners to meet our vision to promote optimal health and well-being by adhering to the Healthy Chicago 2025 guiding principles:

  • We actively challenge and redress racist systems through our process and strategies.
  • We highlight community strengths as we tell our stories.
  • We recognize that trauma affects all individuals, communities, organizations and systems, and we support resilience and healing.
  • We consider who benefits and who is burdened by our proposed solutions.
  • We promote equitable wealth building, affordability and belonging.
  • We make sure that community members, including youth, have power in decision-making.

Let us know how you are leading the way: use hashtag #OneHealthyChi on Twitter, Facebook and/or Instagram, or email

The themes, priority areas and guiding principles which emerged from the Healthy Chicago 2025 Assessments:

  1. Community Themes and Strengths: An analysis of community feedback on the strengths and areas for improvement in their community and Chicago. Data were collected through an online survey, focus groups, priorities identified in community plans and feedback on voter equity campaigns. CDPH worked with the Alliance for Health Equity, West Side United, LISC Chicago, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group, Chicago United for Equity’s Vote Equity Project and the UIC Center for Healthy Work. For the results of the Community Themes & Strengths Assessment, click here.
  2. Forces of Change: An analysis of forces and trends that may impact Chicagoans' health and the public health system within the next five years. These data were collected from an online survey of public health system stakeholders and refined by the Partnership. For the Forces of Change Assessment results, click here.
  3. Community Health Status: An analysis of data on many factors affecting community health, including health statistics and data on social determinants of health (education, income, demographics, housing, environment, etc.). The CDPH Office of Epidemiology completed this assessment in partnership with the Partnership data committee. For more data, see the CDPH Data Compendium, released October 2019. For the results of the Community Health Status Assessment, click here.
  4. Local Public Health System/Health Equity Capacity: An analysis of the capacity of the public health system to forward health equity. The assessment was developed by the Partnership and focused on five components of health equity and the Ten Essential Public Health Services. Almost 80 stakeholders participated in this assessment. For the Health Equity Capacity Assessment results, click here.

Healthy Chicago 2025 considered national, state and local plans and priorities as we identified assessment themes and priority areas. For information on how these plans/objectives intersect, click here:

Chicago has many community health assets throughout its communities that strengthen neighborhood vitality, from health and social service providers, to meeting spaces, local coalitions and parks/open spaces. These overlap with resources that strengthen child development. Our community asset assessment uses the Child Opportunity Index (COI), to map the presence and quality of health-related resources and neighborhood conditions that help children develop. For the results of the analysis and corresponding maps, click here. 

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