About MKE Elevate
MKE Elevate is both a process and a plan that will elevate the health of all Milwaukee residents. Through the Community Health Improvement Planning Process, our goal is to create a citywide Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) that will identify shared goals and action steps that will result in long-term measurable improvements in the health of residents citywide.
What is a Community Health Improvement Plan?
The Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP) is a roadmap for improving and promoting the health of Milwaukee residents. It is a community-driven process, supported by Mayor Tom Barrett and the City of Milwaukee Health Department, that engages our residents, businesses, agencies and nonprofits in deciding Milwaukee's most pressing health issues. Using the data and health issues identified in the City of Milwaukee Community Health Assessment and communitywide surveys, the MKE Elevate Community Health Improvement Plan will outline how we can all work together to elevate the health of our community around select priority areas for action.
Who is involved in this work?
The City of Milwaukee Health Department is facilitating the Community Health Improvement Planning Process. However, this is a community-driven initiative, and will need the entire community to execute the plan. We are asking individuals, businesses, agencies, nonprofits and coalitions citywide to join us in developing the MKE Elevate plan.
What has already happened?
To date, we have completed a comprehensive assessment, the City of Milwaukee Community Health Assessment, to determine baseline measures for key health outcomes and key health determinants. A communitywide survey of more than 3,000 people who live and/or work in the city of Milwaukee along with a photo campaign, key stakeholder interviews, focus groups and meetings have helped us identify proposed Priority Action Areas.
At three community meetings, community residents and stakeholders approved these priority areas, and then formed Action Teams to developed draft goals and objectives for each area. Meeting participants also identified current activities already underway in Milwaukee that support the goals and objectives. Through one-on-one meetings, additional activities were identified for inclusion in a draft MKE Elevate Community Health Improvement Plan.
Through September 30, 2017, a draft of the MKE Elevate Community Health Improvement Plan will be available for public comment and feedback. Residents and stakeholders are encouraged to review the plan, identify any additional activities underway in our community that supports these proposed goals and objectives, and also to identify any new strategies that should be considered for inclusion in the final plan. The final plan will incorporate this feedback, and will be released in October 2017.
Following the release of the plan, Action Teams will be re-convened to develop work plans that respond to the community-identified priorities, as well as evaluation and ongoing monitoring mechanisms. A Steering Committee will be identified to provide oversight and coordination to the effort to move the needle on these issues together.
How can I get involved?
We need you! Review the Draft MKE Elevate Plan and then submit your feedback and pledge to Join an Action Team. We will only make measurable progress when we all take the steps that we can, together.