WePLAN is the Cook County Department of Public Health’s community health assessment and health improvement process conducted every five years with community partners and residents to develop and implement a strategic health improvement plan.
About WePLAN 2020
The WePLAN2020 process began in September 2015 and will conclude with the assessment process in mid-2016 followed by implementation of the community developed and community driven health improvement plan. Click here to review and provide feedback on the Draft WePLAN2020 Community Health Assessment Report.
An emphasis for both the Cook County Department of Public Health and our community partners in developing WePLAN2020 is the commitment to achieving health equity - the highest level of health for all people and communities in suburban Cook County. This will entail being familiar with the inequities and disparities in health status of vulnerable populations, exploring fundamental causes of health inequities and seeking solutions by mobilizing people, organizations and communities and effective public health practice.
Based on a national framework, WePLAN2020 continues to use MAPP (Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships) and works to:
- Focus on and engage the public health system, that is, all sectors of the community that have a role in improving community health
- Conduct a comprehensive assessment to serve as a basis for public health action
- Identify priority strategic health improvement goals for the region
- Develop a strategic health improvement plan building on system strengths, and
- Foster partnerships to achieve implementation, collaboration and coordination.