Background and Purpose The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is a regional strategic plan for addressing health disparities and improving community health. The CHIP is used as a roadmap for health improvement over a five period and guides the investment of resources. This plan informs the use of these resources for the health department, hospitals, and health plans, and all organizations that have a stake in improving health for the residents of Worcester and the surrounding communities. This CHIP encompasses the towns of Grafton, Millbury, Shrewsbury, West Boylston, and the City of Worcester, and was developed over a 16-month planning process.
The 2021-2026 CHIP was created with four principles in mind: invest first in the community; elevate, listen to, and respect the community’s voice; eliminate gaps between services; and honor trauma-informed approaches to care with equal measure to resilience approaches to care.