The "CHIP"

COMMUNITY HEALTH IMPORVEMENT PLAN

The 2017-2022 Public Health Priorities for Cochise County

Creating a culture of health and wellness within our community is our fundamental guiding principle. Our Public Health Priorities in the Community Health Improvement Plan or better known as the "CHIP" is a product of eighteen months of community engagement. These priority areas are designed to improve the health of people who live, learn, work, and play within Cochise County. 

Mental health and physical health are inextricably linked, and research has shown a link between depression and chronic diseases and health conditions, including diabetes and cancer, which are two of the leading causes of death in Cochise County; it isn't surprising that every community identified mental health and/or substance abuse as a priority. 

Mental Health & Substance Use Disorder

Health is influenced by biological, social, economic, and environmental factors and their interrelationships. People who live in rural areas are at a higher risk for poor health. 

Good Jobs & Healthy Economy

Unhealthy individual behaviors like smoking, lack of physical activity, and poor eating habits are major contributors to the leading chronic diseases. The lack of healthy food choices, lack of physical activity, and obesity all contribute to the county's high rate of diabetes.

Healthy Eating, Obesity & Diabetes