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IPLAN Web Site Features
The IPLAN Web site offers a data system containing 102 health indicators, which are available at the county-level. Thirty-nine of these indicators are available at the community-level. Illinois data is included on all county-level and community-level reports. Data can be charted, sorted and saved by using the data manipulation tool.

Sharing Health Assessment Results Electronically (SHARE) is the collection of all the health priorities set during IPLAN Process Round 1 and Round 2. These health priorities can be looked up by user-defined criteria.
What is IPLAN?
The Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Needs (IPLAN) is a community health assessment and planning process that is conducted every five years by local health jurisdictions in Illinois. Based on the Assessment Protocol for Excellence in Public Health (APEX-PH) model, IPLAN is grounded in the core functions of public health and addresses public health practice standards. The completion of IPLAN fulfills most of the requirements for Local Health Department certification under Illinois Administrative Code Section 600.400: Certified Local Health Department Code Public Health Practice Standards. The essential elements of IPLAN are:
  1. an organizational capacity assessment;
  2. a community health needs assessment; and
  3. a community health plan, focusing on a minimum of three priority health problems.
IQuery - the next generation of IPLAN Data System
IQuery - Community Health Data Query System
new 08/01/2012
IQuery is a web-based data query system for collecting and disseminating public health data. A primary goal of IQuery is to expand the capability of the IPLAN Data System by offering tools that data managers can use in adding and managing data and improving the functionalities for searching, presenting and analyzing public health data. To access IQuery, click http://iquery.illinois.gov.
IPLAN News
Measuring Community Health Improvement Implementation   09/03/2013 New

In this time of limited resources, it is becoming increasingly important that we are able to demonstrate the impact of our work. Of equal importance is documenting the processes we collectively take toward achieving this impact. IPLAN requires that health departments include measureable outcome and impact objectives for each health priority selected in their Community Health Improvement Plans (CHIP). Because impact and outcome objectives often take a substantial amount of time and resources to show results, process measures can help provide accountability and ensure that implementation plans are on track to meet goals. This webinar discusses how health departments can monitor progress and measure results in a meaningful way by developing good impact and outcome measures to document success, and process measures to track achievements along the way. more...

Partnering for CHNA and IPLAN   08/02/2013 New

According to the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, Section 501(r) (3) requires non-profit hospitals to conduct a CHNA at least once every three years and adopt an implementation strategy to meet the community health needs identified through the CHNA. The CHNA must take into account input from persons who represent the broad interests of the community served by the hospital facility, including those with special knowledge of or expertise in public health. more...

Developing a Health Department Strategic Plan: Organizational Capacity Assessment   02/26/2013

This workshop will provide a comprehensive overview of the strategic planning process including how-to tips and tools as well as examples from other health department strategic planning processes. While this webinar is targeted to health departments, it offers valuable information on the strategic planning process for non-profit organizations as well. Participants will leave the webinar with resources and step-by-step process to develop an organizational strategic plan that meets state and national guidelines. more...

Turning Data into Information, Part 2   03/20/2013

The two-part "Turning Data into Information" webinar will share practical approaches and resources for local health departments (LHDs) related to data analysis, interpretation and presentation. This introduction to public health data analysis will focus on how to turn raw community health assessment data into useful information and using data to tell a story. more...

Turning Data into Information, Part 1   02/22/2013

The two-part "Turning Data into Information" webinar will share practical approaches and resources for local health departments (LHDs) related to data analysis, interpretation and presentation. This introduction to public health data analysis will focus on how to turn raw community health assessment data into useful information and using data to tell a story. more...


Illinois Dept. of Public Health
Division of Health Policy
IPLAN Section
(217) 782-6235

Springfield, Illinois U.S.A.