CHAPS Guidance and tools

Welcome to CHAPS guidance and tools
Use the eight phases of CHAPS to guide your local public health agency’s collaborative community health assessment and public health improvement plans to meet the requirements of the Colorado Public Health Act. 
Each phase includes
  • CHAPS tools and templates to help get you started.
  • Recommended steps.
  • Locally developed resources for peer sharing.
Health Equity & CHAPS
Using a health equity approach in your assessment and planning is essential to carrying out an impactful and meaningful process. We recommend general healthy equity resources but encourage you to apply this approach to best meet the needs of your local communities. 
Requirements & Public Health Foundational Capability: Assessment and Planning 
Community health assessment and public health improvement plan requirements are listed here. They are updated based on the 2019 Public Health Transformation Project and to align with PHAB standards and measures, which we recommend for more guidance. Lastly, see the Background section for CHAPS context and history.