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Kitsap Community Health Priorities

Since 2011, Kitsap Public Health District has led a multiyear process called Kitsap Community Health Priorities (KCHP) that engages community partners and leaders in reviewing data and identifying community health priorities and strategies to address them. This process results in a community health assessment report and community health improvement implementation plan.



We appreciate your participation in our January and February convenings. Your great conversations and input position us for next steps. Currently, we are hard at work preparing for the next phase of this process. See our recent email update for more information and stay tuned for details about summer activities!  


The Health District hosted more than 60 community partners for a Community Health Priorities Implementation Convening on Thursday Feb. 8, 2024. At this convening, participants began to create a five-year, shared implementation plan for collaborative action in three priority areas.


On Jan. 11, 2024 more than 70 community organization leaders voted on 17 themes to select three priority areas for our community to work on collectively over the next five years. Participants were asked to consider the following criteria for their voting: Urgency, Impact, Feasibility, and Contribution.

Based on participant votes, the following priority areas were selected:

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Our 2023 Community Health Assessment (CHA) report tells the story of our community’s health using quantitative data (statistics) and qualitative data (community voices from surveys, focus groups and interviews) organized into topic chapters. It highlights trends, disparities and gaps as well as community resources and assets. You can review a short fact sheet or full chapters for each topic.

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An Addendum to the 2023 CHA summarizes the themes shared with us by participants of a data summit and six community open houses.

The Health District held the data summit with community organizations and leaders on Sept. 26, 2023 where key findings of the CHA were reviewed. The District hosted data open houses to review data with members of our community in different parts of the county during October and November 2023. At both the data summit and community data open houses, participants provided input on key findings and health priorities.
Data summit & open house documents:

CHA/CHIP Background

What is a community health assessment (CHA)?

A community health assessment (CHA) highlights the current demographics, socioeconomics, and health status of residents; factors that contribute to less-than-optimal health outcomes; and resources available in a community to improve health. The CHA can be used as a foundation for community and organizational priority setting, planning, program development, policy changes, coordination of community resources, funding applications, and new ways to collaboratively use community assets to improve the health of the population.

What is a community health improvement plan (CHIP)?

The CHA is the basis for developing a community health improvement plan (CHIP). A CHIP is a multi-year, systematic plan that:

  • identifies community-wide priorities,
  • identifies strategies to address those priority issues,
  • describes which community partners will work on those priorities.

Previous KCHP Priorities and Documents

Three KCHP assessments were completed in 2011, 2014, and 2019 using a modified Mobilizing for Action through Planning and Partnerships (MAPP) framework. Community health priorities were established for each cycle, as shown in the table below.

Kitsap Community Health Priorities




  • Ensure access to affordable medical, behavioral health, and dental care for all residents.
  • Make it easy for all residents to be physically active and have healthier food options.
  • Ensure all children and youth receive the support necessary to be healthy throughout life.
  • Promote economic development that provides living wage jobs with benefits.
  • Adverse Childhood Experiences
  • Mental Health
  • Affordable Housing
  • Obesity
  • Affordable Housing
  • Health Care Access
  • Obesity/Healthy Eating/Active Living
  • Substance Use
  • Wellbeing: Suicide Prevention and Mental Health


2019 Final Community Health Assessment

Community Health Status Assessment (quantitative data) by section:


Community Health Status Assessment (quantitative data) by section:

Community Health Status Assessment (quantitative data) by section:

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