Partnership for Healthy Chicago

Background

The Partnership for Healthy Chicago (Partnership) is a partnership of diverse public health stakeholders working to achieve health equity by strengthening Chicago’s public health system and addressing social and structural determinants of health. As part of its efforts, the Partnership works with and through the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to conduct community health assessments and develop community health improvement plans, which serve as part of the required documents for CDPH’s public health accreditation and certification as an Illinois local health department (IPLAN: Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Need).  The Partnership for Healthy Chicago formed in 1998 as part of the National Turning Point Demonstration Grant funded by the W.K. Kellogg and Robert Wood Johnson Foundations.

Members

Members of the Partnership represent broad multisector entities that impact the public’s health, including: governmental agencies; provider, hospital and health center associations; schools and academia; research and policy organizations; faith and business communities; community development organizations and community and social service organizations. The Partnership for Healthy Chicago is co-chaired by the Sheri Cohen of the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) and one partner organization. Starting in 2018, Chloe Gurin-Sands from the Metropolitan Planning Council is the co-chair. CDPH staffs the Partnership. (See Organizational Member List.)

Mission:

The Partnership for Healthy Chicago works to achieve health equity by addressing fundamental systems-level issues through community engagement, stakeholder alignment, institutional coordination and policy development.

Our Vision for Chicago

A city with strong communities and collaborative stakeholders, where all residents enjoy equitable access to resources, opportunities and environments that maximize their health and well-being

Healthy Chicago 2.0 Plan

The Partnership worked in collaboration with CDPH to conduct the Healthy Chicago 2.0 Community Health Assessment. The priorities within the assessment led to the Healthy Chicago 2.0 Community Health Improvement Plan.  Healthy Chicago 2.0 serves as the CDPH’s submission to the Illinois Department of Public Health as one of the requirements to be certified as a local public health department and as one of the requirements for National Public Health Accreditation.

 

Focus on Health Equity, Shared Power and Shared Decision Making

To achieve the Healthy Chicago 2.0 vision, the Partnership recognizes that authentic community engagement in all processes is needed, with shared power and shared decision making. The Partnership is directing its efforts to strengthen these fundamental components in its partner organizations and the public health system.

For more information about the Partnership, contact Sheri Cohen at sheri.cohen@cityofchicago.org

 

Supporting Documents:

Partnership for Healthy Chicago Charter

Organizational Member List

Previous Community Assessments and Plans:

Chicago Plan for Public Health System Improvement 2012-2016

Chicago Plan for Public Health System Improvement 2006-2011

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