CHAPS allows for a standardized, coordinated approach to public health improvement and is designed to meet the requirements of the Colorado Public Health Act. It provides step-by-step guidance, resources and technical assistance on how to carry out an 8-phased collaborative community health assessment and a public health improvement planning process on a 5-year cycle. The process hinges on engaging the community to increase the availability and quality of public health services and ultimately improve health outcomes.
Public health assessment and planning is a best practice in public health. It is recommended by the National Association of City and County Health Officials, mandated by the Colorado Public Health Act, required for voluntary accreditation by the national Public Health Accreditation Board, and linked to federal funding from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.