Managing for Excellence Program

Arizona State Health Assessment & Improvement Plan

Launching the Arizona Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP)

To better understand the health status of Arizona's population, the Arizona Department of Health Services partnered with each of the county health departments to conduct a Community Health Assessment. This assessment included the collection and analysis of data from the community and information from a variety of sources. The result of this collaborative process is the State Health Assessment (SHA).PDF

The Community Health Assessments (CHAs) were used to develop the State Health Assessment (SHA) and the SHA will be used as the basis for developing the Arizona Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP). More than 10,000 people across the state were engaged in the development of the CHAs and the SHA through focus groups, surveys, meetings and forums. As a result, 15 public health issues affecting Arizonans were identified. Some of these emerged from the Community Health Assessments as top priorities for those communities, and some as broader, state-wide health concerns. The next step is to take the information learned from the SHA and develop an Arizona Health Improvement Plan (AzHIP).

As the process of developing the AzHIP begins, the first step is to prioritize the 15 leading public health issues so that efforts can be focused on creating the five year plan to address those top priorities. Once the priorities have been set, objectives will be defined for each health issue including assessing Arizona's capacity to address those issues. This is a framework for creating a plan to "move the needle" on the priority public health issues and to achieve desired health outcomes over the next five years.

The AzHIP will provide direction on how to improve the health of Arizonans in the next five years by aligning partnerships and resources to work collectively on shared health improvement goals and strategies.

Health Issue Briefs

AzHIP Steering Committee Members
The Arizona Department of Health Services subject matter experts have compiled briefs on each of the leading health issues. You will see that the briefs include information on all of the criteria. While we are only scoring the five criteria, you may find the additional information helpful in the prioritizing process and in future work of the steering committee. Instructions on completing the rating sheet were sent to you via e-mail.

For questions, please contact Donna Estabrook.

NOTE: All of the links above will open as PDF documents.