CHIP Programs and Initiatives
CHIP achieves its mission and goals by working through
initiatives, programs and affiliated programs. CHIP forms
initiatives, coalitions or work teams on an ongoing basis based on
the results of our triennial community needs assessment. These
collaborative groups are made up representatives from public
agencies, healthcare providers, community-based organization,
institutes of higher learning, and businesses. CHIP works within
these groups to help identify or implement strategies that address
service gaps that affect public health. CHIP Programs are the
resulting goal-oriented projects that derive from the planning and
leadership of CHIP's many initiatives.
Similar to CHIP Initiatives, CHIP Affiliated programs also work
in collaboration with public and private partners and address needs
outlined in our triennial needs assessment. However, unlike CHIP
Initiatives, Affiliate programs were initiated outside of CHIP, and
for efficiency purposes, CHIP has been contracted to manage these
work groups and programs.
Programs and Initiatives are governed by the Executive Partner
Assessment: The Needs Assessment provides a resource for
individuals, agencies and institutions to identify community health
needs and concerns. The triennial report outlines changes and
trends in health issues in San Diego County and provides a basis
upon which community health programs and interventions can be
targeted, developed and evaluated.
Care (ATC): The ATC work team corroboratively develops ways to
reduce or eliminate barriers to care by addressing issues of the
uninsured and increasing competency in health literacy, cultural
and linguistic issues, transportation, and care coordination.
Net Connect (SNC): The SNC project is developing a network and
application that makes it possible for hospital emergency
departments to schedule appointments at, and share information
with, community clinics for patients without medical homes.
ICANATWORK: ICANATWORK is a free
coalition of local business leaders, CEOs, human resource directors
and wellness experts designed to help businesses of all sizes adopt
effective wellness strategies. Investing in health and
wellness in the workplace can help you boost morale, build
teamwork, increase productivity and curb rising healthcare costs.
In order to achieve a healthier San Diego County, it is our mission
to help employers understand health and wellness as an investment
rather than as a line-item expense.
Behavioral Health (BHWT):
BHWT contributes to the improvement of the mental / behavioral
health of the public and the behavioral health services that serve
them through augmenting existing and/or developing new programs
that strive to make significant, measurable impacts to the
Suicide Prevention Action Plan
Comittee (SPAP_C): On April 1, 2010, the County of San Diego
awarded CHIP a contract to form an interagency Suicide
Prevention Action Plan Committee (SPAPC) to create and
introduce a Mental Health Services Suicide Prevention Action
Plan for San Diego County. The action plan will be the
sole activity of SPAPC for the next 2.5 years.
County Childhood Obesity Initiative (COI): The COI is a
public-private partnership whose mission is to reduce and prevent
childhood obesity in San Diego County by creating healthy
environments for all children and families through advocacy,
education, policy development, and environmental change.
Chula Vista Healthy
Eating Active Communities (HEAC): Healthy Eating Active
Communities is a multi-year program sponsored by The California
Endowment. It aims to fight the growing childhood obesity epidemic
in Chula Vista by developing policy changes, partnerships and
programs that reduce the risk factors for diabetes and obesity.
CHIP Alumni Programs
As a neutral convener, CHIP has mastered the ability to call
together community organizations with similar interests to address
community health issues and reduce duplication of efforts through
development of joint programs and projects. We value innovative and
strategic initiatives and have earned a reputation of supporting
projects and, when appropriate, helping projects grow to function
Below is a list of programs in which CHIP has a role:
Diabetes Coalition (SDDC): The SDDC is a
collaboration of over 100 health related organizations working
together to improve the health and well-being of all San Diego
residents at risk or living with diabetes which includes increasing
access to care, advocating for effective policy and practice
change, sharing best practices and promoting effective prevention
ICANSANDIEGO: Recognizing the
significant impact obesity prevention can have on reducing the
prevalence of type 2 diabetes, the San Diego Diabetes Coalition has
brought together more than 50 organizations to create ICANSANDIEGO,
a grassroots diabetes prevention campaign designed to empower
at-risk populations to make healthy lifestyle changes.
Immunize San Diego (IZSD): IZSD is a
collaboration aimed at protecting all adults in the San Diego
Community from vaccine preventable diseases through best practices
in: coordinated outreach, immunization delivery, comprehensive
evaluation and effective advocacy and funding. In 2009, to avoid
duplication of programs and services, IZSD partners integrated into
the San Diego Immunization Coalition
Project Dulce: Project Dulce is a
self-sustaining program, initially developed by CHIP and currently
managed by the Scripps Whittier Diabetes Institute in response to
the devastating personal health and health system impacts of
uncontrolled diabetes among San Diego's uninsured and underserved
populations. This program proactively manages diabetes with the
goal of improving the quality of life among low-income persons with
diabetes. After a successful two-year pilot period, San Diego's
County Medical Services (CMS) adopted Project Dulce as a model and
it was expanded to all community clinics in San Diego County.
New Americans Health Advocacy Program: The
New Americans Health Advocacy Program was developed by CHIP and has
been implemented and managed by Project Concern International. The
New Americans Program works to increase health education and access
to health care for new Americans, specifically legal immigrants and
refugees within African sub-communities. The program utilizes the
Community Health Advocate Program model, which is training of
concerned community members.
ME2 Program: A pilot project initiated by
the BHWT to identify, assess and provide counseling services to
students in the ALBA (Alternative Learning for Behavior and
Attitude) community school located in Barrio Logan (operated by the
San Diego City Schools). Specialty groups and referrals to
additional services were also provided as needed. In 2002, San
Diego City Schools successfully applied and received funding from
Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Agency (SAMHSA) to
independently continue the program.
2-1-1 San Diego: CHIP has always been a
supporter of 211 San Diego and acted as fiscal sponsor for its
first $2 million grant. By dialing 211, you are linked to a live
highly-trained Information & Referral Specialist who will
navigate you through your situation by assessing your needs and
then matching you to the best resource in your community.
Assistance is confidential and offered in more than 150 languages.
In addition, 211 San Diego's online database of nearly 3,000
services enables anyone with internet access to find community
resources and search by program or location.