Together! Healthy Linn
About Together! Healthy LinnTogether! 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, law enforcement, and faith organizations. If you would like more information, please email email@example.com or call 319.892.6000.
Together! Healthy Linn Vision
"The local public health system is collaborative, engaged in the community, responsive to community needs, easy to navigate, focused on prevention, and creates access for all. The system is designed for a culture of health, and promotes an active, safe, empowered, resilient, and connected community that embraces diversity and equity."
2018 Community Health Assessment
Together! Healthy Linn finalized the 2018 Community Health Assessment in July 2018, guided by the vision and input from the Together! Healthy Linn Steering Committee. Community involvement and input was central to the process, with over 65 community partners participating in steering or subcommittees. The results of the 2018 assessment inform the 2019-2021 Community Health Improvement Plan.
The full assessment reports and the executive summary of the 2018 Community Health Assessment are available on the Reports and Publications page of the Linn County Public Health website.
On August 22, 2018, the Linn County Board of Health received an update of the progress of the 2018 CHA-CHIP to date. The presentation slides are available here.
2019-2021 Community Health Improvement Plan
Workgroups are being formed to identify goals and strategies for the 2019-2021 Community Health Improvement Plan. Meetings will be held:
- Mental Health: October 23, 12:30-2:30
- Obesity: October 31, 10:30-12:30
- Safety: November 8, 1:30-3:30
To RSVP, please complete this survey.
Together! Healthy Linn Steering Committee Members
|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|
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.
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: