Community Health Improvement Resources (CHIR)


Community Health Improvement Resources or CHIR is an interactive planning system designed for use by public health practitioners and community stakeholders to improve the health of a community.

CHIR uses a data driven, evidence-based public health process to guide decision-making, priority setting and intervention planning.  The process acknowledges that communities have different needs and may be in different places in addressing health issues.  Some communities may need to start with creating or strengthening partnerships, while others may be ready to plan an intervention to address a priority health issue.  Communities that have not done so should conduct a thorough needs assessment to identify priority health issues to address. 

CHIR utilizes the following four web-based resources:

  1. Data MICA (Missouri Information for Community Assessment) - an interactive data query system for use in conducting a needs assessment

  2. Community Profiles - state, regional, and local data for selected health issues for use in assessment and evaluation

  3. Priorities MICA - an interactive tool to assist with prioritizing diseases and risk factors

Select any of the following components of the health improvement process.

CHIR model Assessment Capacity Evaluation Intervention MICA Partnerships Momentum Readiness
  • Partnership - create a partnership with other individuals, groups and organizations within the community
  • Assessment - assess and prioritize health issues to address
  • Readiness - determine readiness to prepare and plan the intervention
  • Capacity - build partnership capacity by enhancing cultural competence and developing resources
  • Evaluation - evaluate the success of the planning process and intervention
  • Momentum - gain momentum in sustaining the partnerships and intervention over time

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