Local Health Improvement Plan
Background & History
State Health Improvement Process
The State of Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene (DHMH) introduced the State Health Improvement Process (SHIP) in 2011. The SHIP aligns with a subset of objectives from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy People 2020, a science-based effort for improving the health of all Americans.
The Maryland SHIP objectives were carefully selected to focus on factors that are most critical for achieving the SHIP’s goals of health equity and improving the health of Maryland residents.
Local Health Improvement Process
Recognizing that local energy and leadership are critical for progress in public health, the SHIP asked each jurisdiction in Maryland to initiate a Local Health Improvement Process (LHIP) that identifies local health priorities and proposes improvement action plans, as part of the larger State Health Improvement Process.
In 2012, under the direction of our local Health Officer, Carroll County was charged with establishing a Local Health Improvement Coalition as part of the SHIP Process. The Health Officer is a key member of the Board of Directors of The Partnership for a Healthier Carroll County. With the Health Officer’s encouragement, The Partnership’s Board took on the responsibility of serving as the Local Health Improvement Coalition.
A Local Health Improvement Team (LHIT) was also formed to advise the Coalition and carry out the Local Health Improvement Process. This group joined The Partnership’s Access to Health Care Leadership Team. The LHIT renamed itself as the Local Health Improvement Coalition when a separate Team and Coalition were no longer required, and meetings are now held at the Carroll County Health Department. Moving forward, The Partnership continues to be a key participant in the Local Health Improvement Process, lending coordination and expertise to the Coalition.