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Planning & Assessment
planningTogether, community health assessment and planning are important tools to use in determining the overall health of a community and identifying the key health issues facing a community. The quality of the neighborhoods where we live, work, and play is as important to achieving good health as going to the doctor for regular checkups, proper nutrition, and adequate physical activity. 

There are many factors, or determinants, that affect health and have a tremendous influence on health outcomes.  The physical environment, social and economic factors, and clinical care all play a part in an individual’s health.  Instead of looking at health as purely the absence of illness, the Kane County Health Department uses a different model where we see many factors relating to health: the economic and social opportunities and resources, living and working conditions in homes and communities, medical care, and personal behavior.

Every five years, local health departments in Illinois are required to conduct a Community Health Assessment and create a Community Health Improvement Plan. This involves asking people from all walks of life—from private citizens to health professionals—what they believe are the most important health issues facing Kane County.

Once the pulse of the community is taken, the top issues become the public health priorities for the next five years.  To see the results of the last assessment and the Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) click HERE.

The planning section also works closely with the Kane County Division of Transportation and the Development and Community Services Department as part of the Kane County Planning Cooperative.  The Cooperative is the integrated effort to implement the County’s array of long range plans including the 2012-2016 Community Health Improvement Plan, the 2040 Long Range Transportation Plan and the 2040 Plan. The Planning Cooperative was created as the central core of the 2040 Plan’s implementation strategies and has the focus of planning for the 2040 Plan’s overarching theme, Healthy People, Healthy Living and Healthy Communities.
Kane County Planning Cooperative click HERE 

Click HERE for our 2040 Plan page
Community Health Assessment
In 2011, the Kane County Health Department joined forces with county’s five hospitals (who must also conduct assessments), as well as the local United Way and Inc. Board to gain a comprehensive view of the county’s health needs.

The Health Assessment and Community Health Improvement Plan was adopted by the county board in 2012.
 
 Links:
2040 Plan
Strategic Plan for the Kane County Health Department: 2012-2015
Community Health Improvement Plan
Community Health Assessment Webinar
Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
KDOT Planning Site
Planning for Public Health
Quality of Kane Website
Board of Health Video 12-13-11
 when initiative was presented
 
Resources:
2011 Community Health Assessment Results: Improvement Plan Overview
Influences on Health, Broadening the Focus
“Power of Policy” Evaluation Report
Previous Kane County Planning:

2006 Community Needs Assessment and Community Health Plan (IPLAN) 

IPLAN Databook Charts 2006-07