The Illinois Project for Local Assessment of Needs (IPLAN) is a
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
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:
- an organizational capacity assessment;
- a community health needs assessment; and
- a community health plan, focusing on a minimum of three priority health problems.