Community Health Improvement

The Community Health Improvement Planning (CHIP) Coalition addresses top health concerns for Cascade County. Every three years a Community Health Needs Assessment survey is conducted to identify top health priorities. The survey consists of 31 questions focusing on health concerns, for the Cascade County regional area. Once the survey is complete, the CHIP coalition compiles a community health assessment to explain the collected data and address top priority areas. View the 2016 Community Health Assessment (PDF) or the 2016 CHIP Update (PDF).

Health Concerns

In 2012, the top health concerns were alcohol abuse, child abuse and/or neglect and overweight and obesity. In 2015, illegal drug use emerged as the top health concern, along with child abuse and/or neglect, and alcohol abuse. Residents also indicated depression and anxiety to be a more serious health concern than previously.

CHIP Coalition

The CHIP Coalition will work to create objectives for each identified issue as part of the CHIP. Steering committee members help ensure that their agencies are implementing the strategies the plan outlines. Many local agencies are already actively working towards improving the issues listed in the CHIP, and the steering committees give organizations an opportunity to share their progress, pool resources, and determine what further action can be taken to improve the health of our community.

The CHIP Coalition is comprised of representatives from:

  • Alliance for Youth
  • Benefis Health System
  • Cascade City-County Health Department
  • Get Fit Great Falls
  • United Way of Cascade County

Community Health Needs


A similar community health improvement process took place in 2011. View the 2011 Community Health Assessment (PDF) and 2011 CHIP (PDF).

One steering committee oversaw the implementation of the 2011 CHIP


The 2013 Community Health Needs Assessment (PDF) identified three priority health issues. The steering committee formulated a plan to improve and sets goals, objectives, and strategies for each issue. The issues were chosen by individuals representing local agencies and organizations are:

  • Access to health care
  • Healthy weight
  • Substance abuse


In 2015, Child abuse and neglect emerged as a top health concern and was added as a fourth priority area to be included in the Community Health Improvement Plan. Learn more about these issues and the objectives and strategies pursued by community agencies by reviewing the 2017 to 2019 Community Health Improvement Plan (PDF).

Local Committees & Coalitions for Action

Several local committees and coalitions meet regularly and work towards improving the health and safety of Cascade County's residents. CCHD and partnering agencies and organizations involved in the Community Health Improvement process have staff members that sit on and actively take part in these groups. View a list of these committees and coalitions (PDF) and learn more about what they work to accomplish.