The Community Health Initiative of the Petaluma Area (CHIPA) is an Advisory Committee of the Petaluma Health Care District (PHCD) Board of Directors and a local chapter of Health Action.
CHIPA seeks to provide leadership in identifying community health priorities and taking action to engage in policy, system and environmental change to improve local health. This is accomplished through collaboration and partnerships with key community, health care and business leaders, local capacity building, and alignment with Health Action goals.
CHIPA is guided by the five tenets of the Collective Impact approach to achieve lasting improvements in the health of our community.
What is Health Action?
Health Action's vision is that Sonoma County is a healthy place for all residents to live, work and play. The mission of Health Action is to mobilize community partnerships and resources to achieve equity and improve health for all in Sonoma County.
Health Action Chapters like CHIPA are harnessing the power of place. To learn more about Health Action Chapters, click here.
CHIPA has more than 60 members representing a diverse cross-sector of our community. Current members include: business leaders, local non-profits and service providers, schools, early childhood educators, Sonoma County employees, health care providers, police, city officials, farmers and community residents.
CHIPA Youth Members
The experiences, knowledge and connections of our local Youth are critical to our collective understanding of the health of our community. CHIPA Youth Members are active participants in CHIPA and its Work Groups. They bring a powerful perspective to our work and propose unique ideas for addressing needs and supporting assets in our community. In addition, CHIPA Youth Members gain valuable leadership experience, make connections to local industry leaders, and learn alongside their CHIPA Adult Ally.
To learn about our CHIPA Youth Member program, click here.
CHIPA Health Priorities
CHIPA is currently focused on three health priorities and goals identified by our members representing the most pressing needs of our community:
Cradle to Career
• Southern Sonoma County children enter kindergarten ready to succeed
• Southern Sonoma County children are supported in and out of school
Mental & Behavioral Health
• Improve access to timely mental/behavioral health and substance abuse services
• Improve case management and service coordination
• Increase access to culturally responsive and language-appropriate services
Wellness & Prevention
• Improve health outcomes of Southern Sonoma County residents
CHIPA General meetings are open to the public and held quarterly. General meetings offer the opportunity for shared learning, presentations from local leaders and providers, updates on health priority actions, and member discussion.
CHIPA General meeting agendas and minutes can be found here.
The next CHIPA General meeting will be held Tuesday, April 11 2017 from 12-1:00 pm.
Networking lunch 11:30-12:00 pm.
To learn more about CHIPA or how to become a CHIPA member please contact Erin Hawkins, Community Outreach Program Manager, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (707) 285-2143 X134.