Together! Healthy Linn

About Together! Healthy Linn

Together! Healthy Linn is a local collaborative effort that informs the Community Health Assessment (CHA) and Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) for all of Linn County, Iowa. A CHA is conducted every three years, and is a process that involves the community in identifying community needs and assets to develop a plan of action for improving health related issues. Together! Healthy Linn uses the MAPP framework to guide the CHA-CHIP process. 

Many different organizations are involved in Together! Healthy Linn, including hospitals and clinics, not-for-profits, government agencies, media, and faith organizations. If you would like more information,  please email health@linncounty.org or call 319.892.6000.


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2018 Community Health Assessment

In 2018, the community will partner to conduct another iteration of the Community Health Assessment and Health Improvement Plan process. The Together! Healthy Linn Steering Committee guide and oversee this process, with community involvement and input. The results of the 2018 assessment will inform the 2019-2021 Community Health Improvement Plan. The following events will contribute to the overall Community Health Assessment. For more information about these events, please call Linn County Public Health at 319-892-6000 or email health@linncounty.org

Community Themes and Strengths Assessment Subcommittee 

May 10, 2-3 PM
United Way Boardroom
317 7th Ave SE #401, Cedar Rapids 

Forces of Change Assessment


May 24, 9AM-12PM

Indian Creek Nature Center, Cedar Rapids
The CTSA focuses on gathering the thoughts, opinions, and perceptions of our community members in order to understand which health issues are important to the community. The CTSA subcommittee we will design and prepare for the CTSA and oversee the information-gathering process.
The FOC Assessment is intended to identify any threats or challenges our community is facing related to health as well as opportunities and successes. The forces identified through this process, together with the results of other assessments, will help identify strategic issues to move the Community Health Improvement Plan forward.

Community Themes and Strengths Assessment subcommittee members should have knowledge of community assets, issues impacting residents, quality of life, and qualitative methods. 

Forces of Change participants should have knowledge of major local, state, and national policy issues; demographic trends, and emerging events that may impact the health of a community.

2015 Community Health Assessment (CHA)


In the fall of 2015, four Linn County Community Health Assessments were completed and presented to the Together! Healthy Linn steering committee. The assessments were used as a basis for identifying strategic priority areas to be included in the 2016-2018 Community Health Improvement Plan. 

2016-2018 Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)


In early 2016, Together! Healthy Linn finalized the 2016-2018 Community Health Improvement Plan, which identifies action steps to address the priority issues from the assessment. The community will work on strategic issues, goals, and objectives through the end of calendar year 2018. 



Action Plans

Once the CHIP was approved by the Together! Healthy Linn Steering Committee, subcommittees were formed for each strategic priority area, and each subcommittee developed a detailed action plan. Action plans are living documents, continuously being updated based on the changing needs of the community. However, the most recently updated action plans for each subcommittee can be found here: 

Together! Healthy Linn Steering Committee Members


The steering committee is comprised of individuals that represent sectors of the community. The role of the steering committee is to guide and oversee the CHA-CHIP process, including the assessments, planning, marketing/communication, implementation, and evaluation. The steering committee is also tasked with identifying resources to complete the CHA-CHIP, and include community partners and representatives throughout the process.  

 Name  Organization Sector
 Jeffrey Hanson Alliant Energy Business Community
 Joe McHale City of Marion Police Department Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement
 Nichelle Cline Kirkwood Community College Education
 Stephanie Neff Cedar Rapids Community School District Education
 Mary Tarbox Mount Mercy University Education
 John Harris Linn County Board of Supervisors Elected Officials
 Liz Mathis State of Iowa Senator Elected Officials
 Dale Todd City of Cedar Rapids City Council  Elected Officials
 Ashley Vanorny City of Cedar Rapids City Council Elected Officials
RaeAnn Gordon Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Environmental Organization
 Ronda Anderson Bethany Lutheran Church Faith Community
 Pramod Dwivedi Linn County Public Health Government Agencies
 Sandi Fowler City of Cedar Rapids Government Agencies
 Lynda Waddington The Gazette Media
 Melissa Cullum Mercy Medical Center Medical Providers
 Joe Lock Eastern Iowa Health Center Medical Providers
 Lori Weih UnityPoint - St. Lukes Medical Providers
Kathy Horan   AbbeHealth Mental Health & Aging
 Karla Twedt-Ball Greater Cedar Rapids Community Foundation Philanthropy
 Leslie Wright United Way of East Central Iowa Philanthropy 
 Barb Gay  Area Substance Abuse Agency Substance Abuse

Page last reviewed: May 9 , 2018
Page last updated: May 9, 2018