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Community Health Improvement Plan

This plan defines how Washington County and community partners come together to improve health equity and address priority health issues
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On April 9, 2021, Washington County hosted a virtual CHIP launch event to unveil our 2020-2023 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). The CHIP is a community plan for action that defines how Washington County Health and Human Services and community partners come together to improve health equity and address priority health issues identified by a comprehensive assessment of local data. This CHIP was developed under the guidance of the CHIP Leadership Team, a group of community partners representing Washington County school districts, OSU Extension, community health centers, health systems and community-based organizations.

The foundational goals for the 2020-2023 CHIP are to:

  • Reduce health disparities.
  • Improve health equity.
  • Apply a racial equity lens and trauma-informed principles to the CHIP structure and work.

The priorities are to:

  • Improve access to health care, including primary care, behavioral health and oral health services.
  • Improve behavioral health outcomes, including mental health, suicide and substance use.
  • Build systems to improve well-being.

There are currently five CHIP committees, which were formed to develop and implement goals and strategies for each priority area.

Watch the entire forum

CHIP Community Grants Program

Washington County Public Health is excited to announce a new 2024 funding opportunity aimed at putting some of CHIP’s goals into action for communities’ well-being.

Washington County is accepting project proposals that:

  • Address community health improvement priorities listed above.
  • Increase organizational capacity for impacting health equity and/or using trauma-informed approaches.

Individual organizations may apply for up to $35,000, and collaboratives may apply for up to $70,000.

Please review the Notice of Funding Opportunity below and plan your responses using the PDF version of the application. When you're ready, please complete and submit the online application by Friday, June 7 at 3 p.m. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

You can find examples of past grantees and their projects in the documents here:

Additional details are also available in the PowerPoint presentation below, which were discussed alongside grant-related questions during an optional Zoom meeting on May 20:


Equity and Trauma Informed Care (TIC) are guiding principles for Washington County Health and Human Services and the Washington County Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP). To ensure these values are implemented throughout our collaborative health improvement work, this toolkit was created by the CHIP Leadership team to serve as a guides and templates for CHIP committees and to support partners in their equity and trauma-informed approaches.

These tools are meant to be examples, guides and templates that can be used as-is or adapted to meet the needs of committees and community partners. This toolkit is a “living document” that will grow and change as we continue to learn how to best support and foster collaboration across our many partnerships in Washington County. Updated versions will be provided to CHIP partners and posted regularly.