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Community Health Strategic Plan

Every five years, the Oak Park Health Department completes a strategic plan, known as the IPLAN, to guide its programming and maintain its status as a state certified local health department.

In 2022, the department is creating its plan for 2023 – 2027, using the Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) process, created by the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

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In August, the Health Department, in conjunction with the members of the core IPLAN team, hosted feedback and workgroup sessions with community stakeholders and members of the public to develop four priority areas for the community health plan based on the data from the four MAPP assessments. These priority areas are:

  • The Built and Natural Environment
  • Mental Health
  • Gun Violence
  • Access to Care

This September, the Health Department and the core IPLAN team will synthesize the data and feedback from the previous eight months to put together a final draft of the IPLAN document, and supporting materials to share with the community.

See below for one-pagers that will explain more about each phase of the MAPP process and summaries of our goals and strategies.

MAPP process and Health Department progress

The MAPP process consists of several main components, including:

Organizing for success and creating partnerships 
A core group of organizations have committed time and resources into the IPLAN process, meeting periodically throughout the fall of 2021, and then weekly with the Health Department weekly since January 2022. These partners include River Forest Township, Oak Park Township, the Oak Park Community Mental Health Board, the Park District of Oak Park, Rush Hospital and the Oak Park Board of Health.

Creating a vision 
The IPLAN core team worked together in a facilitated meeting to develop a collective vision statement that reflected feedback from community stakeholders. The vision statement for this IPLAN is: 
We envision a safe, thriving, and inclusive Oak Park and River Forest, where everyone who lives, works, and plays in our communities can attain optimal health through proactive community strategies that promote equitable health outcomes.

Visioning process summary
Click here for the summary

4 MAPP Assessments 
During this phase, qualitative and quantitative data are gathered to provide a comprehensive picture of health in the community.

  • Community Themes and Strengths Assessment
    • More than 750 people who live, work and play in Oak Park and River Forest completed our survey about the quality of life and health in our community.
    • The Health Department is conducting key informant interviews to gain deeper understanding on the health needs, facilitators and barriers for key populations in our community.
  • Local Public Health System Assessment
    • On June 2, the Health Department held a meeting with key community stakeholders to evaluate how the local health system provides the 10 Essential Public Health Services to our community.
    • The Health Department also conducted a self-assessment about the department’s success in these 10 areas.
    • Click here for the LPHSA process report
  • Forces of Change Assessment
    • Using a survey completed by community stakeholders as a basis, the core IPLAN group determined possible forces that may affect our community in the next five years, and associated opportunities and threats.
    • Click here for the FOCA process report
  • Community Health Status Assessment
    • A consulting firm working with the Village on the IPLAN analyzed quantitative data on health status, quality of life, and risk factors for our community.

Identifying Strategic Issues 

The Health Department and the core IPLAN team hosted and facilitate community stakeholder meetings and listening sessions to identify strategic issues for the IPLAN. Participants heard presentations on the data from the 4 assessments above, and then participated in facilitated conversations to pull out important topics to include in the final community health plan. Meetings took place in person and virtually in July and August. Community stakeholders also offered feedback via email to the Health Department and members of the core IPLAN team.

The four areas chosen as priorities are:

  • The Built and Natural Environment
  • Mental Health
  • Gun Violence
  • Access to Care

Watch a recording of an August community stakeholder meeting by clicking here (Passcode: ovw^@5Y1)

Formulate Goals and Strategies

Throughout August, community stakeholders and community-based organizations met virtually with the core IPLAN team members and the Health Department to create specific goals, strategies, key actions, measurements and identify necessary partnerships needed to make meaningful change in the four identified priority areas. Each priority area has a goal statement and an interrelated set of strategy statements and activities.  

Plan, Implement, Evaluate - Fall of 2022 and beyond

The finalized IPLAN document will be turned into the Illinois Department of Public Health in October of 2022 and made available to the public. The Health Department will then prioritize and select goals and strategies from the plan to implement in the years to come.

The Health Department provides services like animal licensing and control, health education, restaurant inspections, connections to local health care systems, emergency preparedness management and response, and communicable infection and disease prevention.

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