Healthy Chicago 2025

To better understand the health needs of our community, the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) conducts a Community Health Assessment and develops a Community Health Improvement Plan every five years. CDPH completes these through collaboration with the Partnership for Healthy Chicago. This work aligns with requirements for National Public Health Department Accreditation and local public health certification.

CDPH utilizes the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships framework for planning, which was developed by the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Association for County and City Health Officials.

The Healthy Chicago 2025 Assessment has many phases, including:

  • Partnership Development:

The  Partnership for Healthy Chicago (Partnership) members represent entities that contribute to the health of our communities, including: governmental agencies; provider, hospital and health center associations; schools and academia; research and policy organizations; faith-based organizations, business associations; and community and social service organizations. The Partnership for Healthy Chicago is co-chaired by the CDPH and one partner organization, the Metropolitan Planning Council (as of 2018). CDPH staffs the Partnership.

  • Vision Development:

The Partnership developed this vision for Healthy Chicago 2025 as "A city where all people and all communities are empowered, free from oppression and strengthened by equitable access to resources, environments and opportunities that promote optimal health and well-being."

  • Assessments:

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.

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 assessment results, click here.

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 the results of the Community Health Status Assessment, click here.

Local Public Health System: 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 assessment results, click here.

  • Priority Identification:

In May and June 2019, CDPH and the Partnership are working to identify strategic issues and prioritize the action areas for Healthy Chicago 2025. The Partnership reviewed findings from the four assessments above compared to the vision and identified several strategic issues. We are also working with community organizations to hold three community meetings in North Lawndale, Woodlawn and Humboldt Park to share what we’ve learned and hear priorities from community organizations and community members.

Next Steps

Once the priorities are identified through Partnership and community feedback, CDPH will solicit stakeholders to serve on action teams to further develop the work, including: goals, objectives and strategies. This is expected to occur from July – September 2019.

Please send your feedback, suggestions and questions on Healthy Chicago 2025 by emailing:

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