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Determine if your internal team needs any additional training on
Gaps in skills can also inform who else in your community or region needs to be part of the process to inform best practices and quality engagement. OPPI staff can also help connect you to these resources and potential partners.
If this is the route you take, consider developing a legal agreement such as a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formally delineate roles, expectations, leadership and funding. Check out the Center for Public Health Sharing for guidance on government cross-jurisdictional sharing.
A common time frame for the full CHAPS process is approximately 12 to 24 months. Use a timeline to outline how long you plan each phase to take. Use a work plan to outline more detailed activities, time frame, and person responsible for each phase.
Familiarize yourself and your partners with the:
Determine which organizational leaders in the community will need to be involved in this process ahead of time so they can support it. Then, determine how you will continually engage them in the process. Those with approving authority, such as agency leadership and your local board of health, will be some of the first levels of leadership you will work with.
These leaders may include:
Consider additional key supporters. These are stakeholders who may or may not be formally involved in the process but who need to know about it early, so they can be supportive.
The community health assessment and public health improvement plans are valuable efforts to talk about health and environmental issues in new and different ways in order to impact the changes you seek. How the results of the assessment and the prioritized issues are communicated, or framed, can have a bearing on how they are interpreted, believed, acted upon and supported. Phase 3 (Assess community), Phase 6 (Develop the plan) and Phase 7 (Implement the plan) all include recommendations to build a communications plan. Use those steps to take a closer look at communication methods and modes. Communicating the process and findings with leadership will be an initial test of your messaging, explanation and context that you provide along with data results.